Break-In Caught on Tape

Break-In Caught on Tape
By: Ryan Tate
Cape Girardeau, MO - Pat Lafont thought it was hail pounding on his window early Saturday morning. Instead, it was a robber.
"When I looked out the window, I saw two men running through the yard," Lafont said.
He called police, but when they came, they did not find anything. That is when Lafont checked out the video his security cameras captured. Lafont says he installed the cameras and motion sensor lights to the amusement of his friends.
"They thought I had way too much security," Lafont said.
When he examined the video, he found three men, wearing ski masks, trying to pry open his bedroom window. One looked to have a crowbar in his hand, or another instrument to open the window.
"It's 3 am. I believe it's a pistol in his pocket, and when they got inside, I would probably have a gun to my face and threatening my life," Lafont said.
Cape Girardeau police are investigating the incident. Investigators say there were 373 reported burglaries in Cape Girardeau in 2004. That number dropped to 324 in 2005. They also report that 19.1% of the cases were cleared, or brought to a conclusion. That means an arrest was made, a warrant was issued or the allegation was discovered to be unfounded. That 19% is slightly higher than the national average, which is 12%.