Auckland home owners capture brazen thieves on camera
Brazen thieves burgled an Auckland house in broad daylight, even taking time to salute a CCTV camera.
A Remuera resident, who did not wish to be named, said her home was robbed on Wednesday last week at about 12pm, with thieves making off with laptops and other electronics.
She said her home had been burgled multiple times in the past and they had since put security measures in place including burglar alarms, lock bolts and CCTV cameras.
"Prior to this we thought we'd been pretty vigilant," she said.
The resident's son had left the home 15 minutes prior to the burglars entering the house. CCTV footage shows the burglars driving up and down the street as they prepare their break in.
"It's unbelievable, and we were probably being watched," she said.
A male burglar can be seen lifting a rubbish bin to beneath a window, climbing into the house and minutes later reappearing with two pillowcases full of laptops, an Xbox and iPads.
"One of of our windows was slightly ajar as we'd just had six weeks worth of renovations and the painters had just finished the day before."
She posted the CCTV footage on Facebook and it was shared more than 3700 times, with members of the public quickly identifying the thieves.
"I am so angry with these people and in the video he comes out and realises there's CCTV and stops to look at the camera and pulls the finger."
A police spokeswoman said a 23-year-old woman and a 21-year-old man had been arrested and charged with burglary in relation to the incident in Platina Place, Remuera.
They will appear in Auckland District Court on July 14.