LAVEEN, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) - A doorbell camera caught a group of five young burglars breaking into a home in Laveen on Monday morning.
“I got here, and everything was in shambles,” said the homeowner, who wants to remain anonymous.
The surveillance footage showed one of the burglars brandishing a gun.
“That’s highly alarming,” said the homeowner.
The burglary happened right after he stepped out for work, and he thinks they were possibly watching him.
“It’s just kind of interesting how, you know, I just leave, and then they hit my house,” he said.
While the crime victim says he’s still doing an inventory, he says the burglars took a laptop, cash, and an Xbox from his home.
“Ah man, ransacked it. Ran through everything,” he said. “Turned drawers, I mean everything upside-down.”
Phoenix police say the incident happened around 9:45 on Monday morning in the area of 51st Avenue and Maldonado, which is north of Baseline Road.
Sgt. Maggie Cox said the teens are suspects in burglaries at two other homes in the same area that morning.
Three of the four underage teens were detained on Tuesday, Aug. 13. On Wednesday, 19-year-old Matthew Santos, who was booked into 4th Avenue jail for burglary. On Thursday, police said the fourth underage teen was detained.
And while the homeowner says he’s mad at these young burglars, he also says he really blames their parents.
“If the parents were more in tune with their kids, then their kids would be able to put their energy into something more positive,” he said. “But with no fuel from your parents, kids grow like weeds.”
Cox says the investigation is ongoing and additional charges are pending as some of the suspects were armed during the burglaries. The names of the juvenile suspects will not be released.