Man seen going door to door in North Austin neighborhood checking unlocked cars
Some North Austin residents are on high alert after a strange man was seen going door to door and checking unlocked cars in the neighborhood. It happened early Sunday morning and one homeowner caught some of the suspicious activity on camera.
People who live in the Quail Hollow neighborhood hope Austin Police officers can identify the man who they say went from house to house, stealing whatever he could find.
Mark Filip has lived on Baltus Drive for nearly 30 years. He has several cameras outside his house that captured the moment a strange man walked up to his front porch and opened his screen door.
"When I see it I feel a little violated," said Filip about his surveillance footage.
At 3:45 Sunday morning, mark Filip's camera recorded a man in a backpack walking past his house. He said that's around the time his neighbors had their truck broken into and some items stolen out of their garage. "He got the garage door opener and it looks like he purposefully opened the garage halfway not to make so much noise or something like that," Filip said.
45 minutes later, at 4:25 a.m. after approaching several other homes on Baltus Dr., the man shows back up on Filip's camera. This time, he walks right up to Filip's front porch and opens the screen door. "You have this weird feeling like I'm in the bed at the end of the hallway and someone's at my door. I don't know what they're doing at my door at 4:25 in the morning it can't be good," Filip said.
The man appears to see the camera, shield his face and leaves. "What the heck is this guy doing? Is he planning on something? Is he going to come back? What's the deal?" asks Filip.
Austin Police confirmed the department has two reports filed from incidents in this neighborhood Sunday morning. One is for home burglary and the other is for burglary of a vehicle. A thread on the app Nextdoor shows comments from residents who say they had things like sunglasses, tools and a wallet stolen out of the cars in their driveways.
Even though Filip didn't have anything stolen, he said he wants his neighbors to know what's going so they can keep their homes protected. "The bottom line for me is if you see something that looks suspicious don't feel guilty about calling APD. It's your neighborhood, you should know what is and isn't right," Filip said.
APD said Monday these burglary cases are currently waiting to be assigned to a detective.