Surveillance cam records Vancouver car break-ins after home burglarized as mom, son slept

Vancouver break-ins - Surveillance video from JR Smith

VANCOUVER, Wash. - A woman said someone broke into her Vancouver house early Tuesday morning while she and her son were sleeping inside.

The thieves made off with some of her stuff, however no one was hurt in the incident.

A neighbor tells KATU News they think the thieves are the same ones caught on surveillance cameras while breaking into cars parked in the area.

JR Smith lives about a block away. His flood lights didn't deter a group of thieves that same night.

He said his car was unlocked when the video shows a person open the door and take a phone charger. In the background, someone else is visible trying to get into other vehicles on the block.

“It's just sad, we live in a nice neighborhood and I’ve always told people I’ve walked this neighborhood at midnight and I don't think twice about it because I always feel safe about it, and then that happens,” Smith said.

Just a few houses down from him on NE 130th Ave., Kirsten Fugiel's husband found out his car was unlocked the same night. Someone broke into his Scion, emptied out the glove compartment, and stole a couple of phone chargers and his favorite sweatshirt.

"You think you live in a safe neighborhood and you're not really sure what's going on it's really nerve-wracking and an intrusion of privacy because who knows what you leave in your car," said Fugiel.

Neighbors now on edge after someone violated their tight-knit community. They hope enough neighbors with surveillance video could bring them justice.

"We're a very close community and we all kind of watch out for each other but there's only so much we can do," said Smith.

They were seen driving off in a 90s red Honda Accord. Police have not yet said if these two incidents are connected.

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