South Shore home invaders caught on tape

May 25, 2011 2:52:03 PM PDT
Burglars targeting an apartment on the city's South Side were caught on tape by a surveillance camera in the building.

Constance Wilson felt a wave of emotions Saturday when she returned to her South Shore condo only to find that her home had been burglarized. She was gone only two hours, running errands from 10 a.m. to noon when the break-in happened. She says the locks had been pried loose and her bedroom ransacked.

""My purses were on the floor. All my cabinets were open and my closet door in hallway was open," Wilson told ABC7. "I was scared. Then I was mad. Then I felt violated. And then I felt hurt."

While Wilson, who lives on the 12th floor, didn't know why she was robbed, she could at least see who did it thanks to video that was recorded by her building's surveillance cameras. One angle shows a man pulling into the parking lot in a white Chevy Impala and asking a resident to let him in the building. Another angle shows a woman propping the lobby door open so she and two men, one of them the driver of the Impala, could enter the stairwell.

Minutes later, all three are seen leaving the building with armloads of Wilson's coats, purses, a camcorder and her wallet which had her ATM card. They then drove off in the car.

"Some of the stuff I didn't realize was taken until after I saw it on the video?I don't know if someone was watching me. I don't know if somebody saw me, they know where I live. I don't know," she said.

Wilson says she has never seen the suspects before and hopes that the video is the key to stopping them from robbing anyone else.

"If I could say to these young people, what if it was your mother," Wilson said.

Wilson says her stolen bank card was used at two gas stations. She is not yet sure how much money was spent.

Detectives are reviewing the video and hope it leads them to the suspects.

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