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Armed burglars caught on cam, homeowner says he'd be dead if he were there

By Lindsay Watts, Weekend GMC Anchor/Target 13 Investigator , l.watts@krdo.com
Published On: Dec 24 2013 03:09:32 AM CST
Updated On: Aug 23 2013 07:41:23 PM CDT

A Colorado Springs man says he'd be dead if he was home when this break-in happened. Now he hopes the public can help before these guys hurt someone.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -

A homeowner says he thinks he'd be dead right now if he was there when armed men broke into his house. He's hoping his surveillance video will help catch the burglars before someone gets hurt.

The burglary happened Monday just before 5 p.m. at a house on the 5000 block of Constitution Avenue, near Ora Blanco Drive.

"The scariest thing about the video is the first thing you see is the gun," said the man who lives there, who didn't want to be identified. "He really never lets the gun down throughout the video. He looks ready to shoot somebody."

The homeowner said he forgot to set his burglar alarm that day, but did get some great surveillance video of the two men African-American men. He said after enhancing the video he believes one is light-skinned and about 5'11 with a goatee, wearing a grey baseball cap with "LA" on the front and a half white, half blue brim. The second man is darker skinned, about 6'0 with a goatee and facial hair. He's wearing a fitted hat with "LA" on the front and a black shirt with white horizontal stripes.

"They definitely didn't have any fear," the homeowner said. "It was 5 in the afternoon. They threw a rock through my front window on a very, very busy street."

He said what happened reminded him of the murders of Staff Sgt. David Dunlap and his pregnant wife Whitney Butler who were gunned down after police said they walked in on a teen burglarizing their home on Bassett Drive in October 2012.

"I am positive if I would have come home during this burglary that I would be dead right now," he said.

He said the men got away with cash and jewelry.

"I really don't care about the money. I really don't care about the jewelry," he said."I feel that I'm blessed right now to be alive and I just hope this will bring these guys to justice."

He said he's says offering $1,000 reward per burglar if your information leads to an arrest. Call Colorado Springs Police at 719-444-7000 or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers at 719-634-STOP.

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