Thou shalt not steal thy neighbor's surveillance camera

Franklin Welzbacher Jr. was caught on camera stealing his neighbor's security camera. (Bossier Parish Sheriff's Office/Facebook)

HAUGHTON, La. (AP) — Louisiana authorities say a burglar effectively caught himself red-handed, unwittingly livestreaming his theft of a neighbor's new surveillance camera.

The Bossier Parish Sheriff's Office says the neighbor watched the crime unfold in real time, and recognized the culprit as 43-year-old Franklin Welzbacher Jr.

A sheriff's statement says the stolen camera also showed things inside Welzbacher's house.

SURVEILLANCE VIDEO - Burglar Steals Neighbor's Surveillance Camera...And It Kept Live Streaming! Bossier Sheriff’s...

Posted by Bossier Parish Sheriff's Office on Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Sheriff's spokesman Bill Davis said Tuesday that Welzbacher told deputies he had permission to borrow a paint brush, but had nothing to say when asked about the camera.

His bond was set at $10,000 on a simple burglary charge. Davis said he doesn't know whether Welzbacher has an attorney who could speak for him.

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