Police Search for Suspect in Olney Burglary

PHILADELPHIA (WTXF) Philadelphia police are investigating a burglary in the city's Olney section.

The homeowner, who did not want to go on camera, says this is very scary for him and his family. His 12-year-old son is the one who discovered the place had been ransacked after his grandfather picked him up and brought him home from school. Police are confident they'll catch this bold burglar thanks to some very good surveillance.

Police say the man broke into a home on the 200 block of Nedro Street in Olney in broad daylight. The homeowner's surveillance cameras caught him casing the place sometime between 11a.m. and 3 p.m. on Tuesday.

"In the video, you can see he is clearly gathering up the courage- pacing back and forth in the rear of the property. Fnally, he climbs the fence," said Northwest Detectives Lt. Daniel Brooks.

According to police, the suspect then breaks in through a back window, spending about 20 minutes inside the house.

"Gathers up what he wanted to steal, which was two lap tops, two high end watches, a purse and some other valuables sticks, then a laundry basket," said Lt. Brooks.

He's caught again on another surveillance camera walking right out the front door with that laundry basket filled with all the stolen items. Police say the home was definitely targeted.

"We think he knew whose house he was breaking into. we think he knew what he was looking for..it is an expensive amount of items that were taken," Lt. Brooks explained.

According to police, the suspect got away with $37,000 worth of stolen items. Police are now hoping someone recognizes the suspect who doesn't make any attempt to hide his face..

The homeowner tells FOX 29 he did not recognize the man from the surveillance video and does not know.