|Published:||Jun 23, 2011 10:55 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Jun 23, 2011 10:53 PM EDT|
FORT MYERS BEACH, FL- Residents of a Fort Myers Beach retirement community are sick and tired of being the victims of theft.
Their lawn maintenance equipment has been stolen three times in just two months.
Randy Woods is the property manager at the Bayside Estates Community in Fort Myers Beach.
Lately someone has made it difficult for his crew to do their jobs, stealing equipment from the maintenance shed.
Woods says, "It started about 7 weeks ago, we been broke into 3 times, and they're taking lawn equipment, weed eaters, edgers."
He says he's done everything, chaining up the equipment, hiding it, and even painting it unusual colors, making it less attractive to him, but apparently not to thieves.
"I have ugly equipment, that's correct."
Finally he had surveillance cameras installed.Shortly after he caught two men on camera in the shed.
"Actually we have some footage of one of them looking right up at the camera."
You can see here, one thief grabs a can of spray paint and sprays the lens orange.
"I think that's chevy and general motors orange."
While the crooks apparently got spooked and didn't steal anything this time, residents aren't reassured yet.
"Every time we have to replace it, I don't think our insurance covers it, it's out of our pocket. I hope we can catch them and prosecute."
Woods plans to keep cameras in place until they do.
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