Beaumont police are investigating a theft in the Oaks Historic District that was caught on camera the night of Monday, Feb. 17.
The video shows a bearded man wearing a beanie holding a flashlight in his mouth lurking outside a home on North Street a few blocks from Christus Hospital Saint Elizabeth. The man can then be seen walking off with a bicycle that was leaning against the side of the home.
"It's really scary because the area where he walks up to the bicycle, it's my 8-year-old daughter's window," said the woman who lives in the home.
"Anna" as she asked to be called, lives in the home with her two children and wanted to remain anonymous. She says last Monday night's theft is the fourth time in the past year her house on has been targeted.
"I have to sleep with my daughter at night because she's scared, sometimes she hears a noise and we have to turn on the surveillance cameras and lay there and watch the cameras until we fall asleep," said Anna.
After the first theft, Anna had eight security cameras set up around her home. She can watch live feeds from her kitchen and daughter's bedroom. She says the man in the video looks like the same man who occasionally walks through the neighborhood collecting aluminum cans.
"You'll see him digging in the trash, but he's snooping around to see what else he sees laying around your property."
Anna says she does not know the man's name or anything else about him.
She reported the bicycle theft to Beaumont police.
"They told me that it's not only me, that it's other families in this area who've been burglarized."
Anna hopes investigators catch the bike thief, so both she and her daughter can get some peace of mind, and some sleep.