Brazen Burglars on Palm Coast’s Covington Lane Caught on Video, But Still at Large
FlaglerLive | October 18, 2012
Flagler County Sheriff’s detectives are on the look-out for a black Ford Expedition and two young occupants–a woman who appears to be in her mid-20s to mid-30s and a younger, lanky man or older teen who were caught on a surveillance video system at a house at 105 Covington Lane in Palm Coast around the time of a brazen daytime burglary there on Oct. 5.
That afternoon, Thomas Kane, the 71-year-old homeowner, was resting in his bedroom. His wife, 69-year-old Rita Kane, was swimming in her pool. She got out when she saw lightning. She went into the guest bathroom in her house to change. There, she noticed that the bottom part of the window had been pushed in, and was in the tub. She thought her husband might have been cleaning it and had left it there.
She then left the bathroom and noticed that the door to one of the bedrooms in the house was closed. She tried to open it. She couldn’t. It was locked from the inside. Rita woke up her husband, sensing something was wrong. Thomas woke up and forced his way into the locked bedroom. The window was open, the screen was broken out–from the inside. Thomas checked the rest of the house. There was no one else there.
He checked his surveillance camera footage. (See below.) He saw what looked like a late 1990s model Ford Expedition with chrome mirrors drive by his house, turn around and park in front of the property at about 3:15 p.m. that day. A white woman, about 5’7” and 140 pounds with dark hair, in a ponytail, wearing a brown tank top and blue jeans, gets out of the SUV from the passenger side and walks up to the front door of the house. She does so unhurriedly. The camera angle doesn’t show her at the door proper, so she disappears from view. Some 40 seconds later, she reappears, walking away from the entrance, at the same, unhurried pace.
She walks to the driver’s side of the SUV and disappears from the camera angle. Moments later, the lanky man in a beige “Famous” t-shirt and beige shorts walks from the direction of the driver’s side, onto the lawn of the property, alongside its driveway, tipping a Romney-Ryan yard sign as he goes, and walks to the back of the house, where another camera catches him. He has gloves on and possibly a crow bar in his hands. It’s about that time that he’s believed to have entered the bathroom through the window.
Four minutes later, he reappears, carrying a black box. He runs past the Romney-Ryan sign, jumps across the swale, and walks to the SUV.
Thomas Kane told deputies that the black box was taken away from his kitchen counter. It contained a Citizen Eco Drive watch, a black Bulova watch, cash (the amount was not disclosed), a PNC checkbook, a U.S. passport, and a key fob to a 2011 Chevy Corvette. Thomas’s wallet was also stolen, along with his driver’s license, concealed weapon permit, pilot license, and several credit cards, including a Barnes & Noble card.
Anyone who has information on this incident or who can identify the man or the vehicle in the video below is asked to contact Crimestoppers at 1/888-277-8477. You may remain anonymous and you could be eligible for a reward of up $1,000.
Surveillance Video from 105 Covington Lane