A burglar quietly crawled his way into a Queens, New York, bedroom where a man and his wife and kids were sleeping and managed to pick up a smartphone from the dresser before the victim awoke, prompting the thief to run away, surveillance video from inside the home shows.
The NYPD has released the nanny-cam video of the home invasion in Flushing, Queens just before 2:30 a.m. Wednesday. The clear video shows the suspect going into the house in the area of Union Street and 33rd Avenue, and then crawling into the bedroom of the 42-year-old victim.
The suspect lifts a Samsung S6 cellphone from the top of the dresser, but the victim awoke, police said, prompting the suspect to run away.
The victim's wife told NBC 4 New York the couple's three children, all between 3 to 6 years old, were sleeping in the other bed shown in the video. The wife, who asked to remain anonymous, said video shows the burglar was going from room to room for 40 minutes, and the item seen in his mouth was a knife.
The wife said when she first sensed someone creeping around the floor, she thought it may have been one of her young children.
The suspect is described as being about 6 feet 2 inches and 200 pounds. He was wearing all black clothing and a black snow hat with the word "diamond" in red and white lettering.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS.