Updated: New video shows the bold thievery unfold, after the jump. Stone also says the cops have ID'd a suspect.
Okay, so someone stole Jacob Stone's photo equipment from his car last Saturday outside a grocery store in Fremont. A blip on the crime scale - except to Stone. He called the cops and informed his insurance company as most victims do. But then he reviewed the store's video tapes, gathered evidence, launched a website and alerted the media. "In an effort to find this man, have him brought to justice, and help prevent his further harm to others," he tells us, "I'm spreading the word every way I know how." His dragnet is the Internet.
Here's Stone's story:
While my car was parked outside a local grocery store and I was inside picking up a sandwich, a man spotted some valuables inside my car. He had been inside the store just moments before me, and walked past my car on the way to his.
After noticing my camera bags, he got in his car, pulled into the empty parking space next to my car, and then popped open the door and helped himself to my camera gear. A store employee walked outside as he was loading my equipment into his car, and recognized the man as a shoplifter from 4 days earlier. The store employee immediately phoned the police while the thief jumped in his car and sped off.
I walked out of the store minutes later to discover what happened. In the subsequent hours I filed a police report, insurance claim, and pored over security camera footage to watch the crime and try to identify the perpetrator. The entire robbery was caught on tape, and his face was clearly recorded in both of his trips to the store. Additionally, I have the make/model of his car and license plate number - and he drove the same car both when he shoplifted and when he stole from me (blue/teal Toyota Camry #219-WAX).