OKLAHOMA CITY - A local realtor is left frustrated after a home he had on the market was burglarized, but he's hopeful the suspect won't be on the streets for long. It happened November 12 at a home near I-44 and Northwest 23rd.
The realtor, who is also the homeowner, is hopeful the suspect will be caught because he said the home may have been smarter than he was.
"Looked right at the camera. I don't think he knew what it was and what it was doing," said Marlin Wilton, a local realtor who's in the business of properties smarter than your average home.
So, when a home he had listed for sale in northwest Oklahoma City was burglarized, he found out almost immediately.
"I put the video doorbell as a selling point, but it just happened to catch him breaking in," Wilton said.
When Wilton went to the home the next day to check it out, he noticed the door was open and destroyed. Inside, several items were missing.
"He did take the TV, the big screen TV we had there," he said. "He did take the voice control Echo Dot which we had there, and he took some bath towels."
Wilton said the thirsty thief also had a celebratory drink.
"That was an old staging bottle of champagne, so it was probably not even any good. So, if he tried it, probably wasn't very good," he told News 4.
Wilton believes the suspected burglar scoped out the home and realized no one was living there - a true crime of opportunity.
"I also feel like maybe he lives in this neighborhood or close by because he walked away from here and walked back, walked away from here, brought a car back and got the TV and left," he said.
Now, Wilton believes it's just a matter of time before the suspect is caught.
"We've got him on video. Somebody's gonna know him. The video's clear," he said.
If you recognize the suspect, call Crime Stoppers at 235-7300.