Caught on Camera: Young man breaks into paramedic's car

James Burton had installed a dash camera in his truck to monitor his son's driving but to his surprise it captured a crook breaking into his car.

SPRING, Texas- A young man is caught on camera breaking into a paramedic's car right outside the victim's work.

The truck was parked outside the Cypress Creek EMS substation on Rolling Creek Drive in Northwest Harris County when the break in happened.

The EMT--James Burton--was out on a call and what's even more brazen: two crews were inside.

Burton says he had installed a dash camera in his truck to monitor his son's driving but little did he know it would pick up a crook himself to Burton's possessions.

"I was shocked. I was like, 'You gotta be kidding me.'"

Investigators tell KHOU 11 News the break in happened in June but Burton just retrieved the video Monday.

"It shows him coming from across the street with somebody else and gets in my truck," Burton said. "He goes through it and eventually leaves with my computer."

Burton forgot to lock his truck after getting sent out on a call shortly after arriving to work that day.

The thief spends nearly three minutes in Burton's car. He even looks through his red EMT bag which has a defibrillator in it but he doesn't leave with anything but the laptop.

"I mean I'm going to paramedic school. I mean you're broke. I haven't been able to get another computer yet," Burton said.

In the meantime, Burton said he's been borrowing computers to get through school.

He is just hopeful the video will help the authorities find the man responsible.

"We help everybody," Burton said. "Even if I had to help him today, I would. Bbut just knowing he didn't have that respect for me--just to come in my truck and take my stuff, that makes me mad."

His daughter's softball equipment was in the back as well but the thief didn't take that either.

The Precinct 4 Constable's Office interviewed Burton Monday and is looking into what happened.

(© 2016 KHOU)


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