MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The burglary was captured on camera. It happened in a quiet neighborhood in Montgomery on Veteran's Day when many were enjoying their day off with the family.
A neighbor's surveillance camera rolled as robbers circled the block numerous times before pulling in and leaving with property.
"The door frame was completely busted open," home owner Cory Smith explained.
He and his wife had been the victims of bold burglars who took their time stealing from the couple's home.
"They took computers, they took cameras," Tiffany Smith said. Then, it turned into an auto theft. "The car was parked here," Cory said. "We noticed that our other vehicle was not in the driveway," his wife revealed.
It happened in the Young Pointe subdivision, a quiet neighborhood tucked away in East Montgomery that took Cory and Tiffany Smith's peace of mind.
"The first thought in your mind: are they still in there?" Tiffany Smith said.
But it was all caught on a neighbor's surveillance camera. You see someone driving off with the Smith's 2006 Lexus, valued at more than $23,000, and it was loaded with nearly $6,000 dollars worth of electronics.
"They loaded all OUR valuables in OUR car and drove off in OUR car," Mrs. Smith said.
The job was anything but fast. The Smith's say video shows that the burglars were inside the house for more than an hour. The thieves took a money jar, two TV's, including a 55-inch flat screen that was mounted above the fireplace, a satellite receiver system, and other items, but they left a credit card that was in plain sight and they didn't take any of Mrs. Smith's jewelry.
The rest of the house was in shambles when the couple and their baby returned home. "The tables were flipped over, the chairs were flipped over," Cory Smith said. The thieves had ripped open pillows and dumped out drawers and clothes.
The video shows a Nissan Pathfinder driving past the house several times before pulling in. The thieves the walk in and out of the house until they've loaded everything they can carry.
"It's a feeling that you can't describe unless it's happened to you before," Mrs. Smith said.
The Smiths hope police can catch these thieves, and they have reason to hope because of "The fact that we have surveillance that shows a good view of the license plate and the drivers where they are actually committing the crime," Cory Smith said.
The Smiths have been getting the word out to neighbors and have discovered there have been other victims. "Within the past six months, I think that four of us have been targeted out here," Mrs. Smith said.
The Smiths say the neighborhood watch group in their neighborhood is not active, but they are motivating neighbors to start looking out for one another.
If you can identify the Nissan Pathfinder or have any information about this crime, please call Crimestoppers at 215-STOP. You can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward.