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Thief Caught on Camera

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A Joplin man says thieves stole items worth more than a thousand dollars from his vehicle and he has the video to prove it.

Locking your car might be second nature for some, but for Matthew Robertson, a man who is normally cautious, a forgetful mistake led to the loss of items valued at 1,400 dollars when his vehicle was broken into.

"It makes me feel foolish because I know better than to leave valuables in my truck and I know better than to leave it unlocked," said Robertson.

Robertson managed to catch the thieves on his home surveillance camera which shows the individuals checking other cars in the neighborhood for valuables before settling on his truck.

"Even though it is a good neighborhood, Joplin is a nice place to live, we've got great law enforcement, we've got, you know, we've got a great city to live in, but bad things happen, you know. People prey on people who get comfortable where they're at."

According to Robertson, it's not the first time the neighborhood has experienced this kind of criminal activity.

"Our neighbors have had their cars gone through and change and odds and ends taken out of their cars. Our neighbor across the street has had generators and expensive tools taken out of his house."

Joplin Police Chief Matt Stewart says that the best way to deter thieves is to lock your doors and avoid keeping valuables in your car.

"If they don't see anything there, then they'll usually move on to somewhere else."

Robertson says he won't make the same mistake twice and he still loves his neighborhood.

"I've got good neighbors. We watch out for each other. And I just need to do a better job of taking care of my stuff."

Robertson has filed a report and police are investigating his case.

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