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Police looking for Palm Beach Gardens burglar caught on surveillance camera

Posted at 7:41 PM, Jun 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-08 19:43:15-04

Keri Pottratz and her family replay the surveillance video of a man they say broke into their house. Among items stolen from their Palm Beach Gardens home, a handgun and a watch. Keri says the same man actually approached her a few days earlier. "He just came and knocked on the door I think he was shocked that I answered the door," Pottratz said.

He asked about the for sale sign on the house next door. "He said he had a 2 year old kid and I told him it was a great neighborhood." But the next day as she was running errands, her husband called her. "The police had contacted my husband at work and he called me and said to get home our house has been broken into it."

The bedroom window was broken. Her jewelry and handgun gone. The family looked at the surveillance video of the theft. It was the same man.  "We are hoping to use pictures and find him."

A neighbor noticed the man walking down the street. The suspect then took off running and dropped a bag with the jewelry. But the gun and watch were not found.

Palm Beach Gardens Police say it helps when residents notice someone suspicious. Major Paul Rogers with the police department said, "If you see something suspicious, that looks out of place, please give us a call."

The family now hoping the man is caught soon. "We want everyone to be aware and to be cautious and just help us find this guy."

If you have information that can help police, call the Palm Beach Gardens Police Department or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-458-TIPS.