A Grayslake man caught on camera burglarizing his own neighbor’s home tried stealing the camera after noticing it, but the video had already been uploaded to the cloud, police said.
Carlos H. Zelaya, 32, of the 18100 block of West Lindenwood Drive in unincorporated Grayslake, was charged with residential burglary, a Class 1 felony.
The Lake County Sheriff’s Office responded Tuesday to the 18100 block of West Lindenwood Drive in unincorporated Grayslake for a report of a residential burglary.
Lake County Sheriff Spokesman Sgt. Christopher Covelli said that the homeowner noticed belongings going missing over the past few months and installed indoor security cameras.
The cameras caught a man, identified as Zelaya, who is the victim’s neighbor, burglarizing the home and stealing cash. Zelaya also stole one of the security cameras after he noticed it.
Video of Zelaya committing the burglary had already been uploaded online despite him stealing the camera, Covelli said.
On Wednesday, sheriff’s detectives arrested Zelaya at his residence and the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office approved the felony charge against him. Zelaya remains held in the Lake County Jail on a $200,000 bond.