Homeowner watched live as strangers broke into his Burnaby condo: RCMP

Homeowner watched live as strangers broke into his Burnaby condo: RCMP
Burnaby man watched live video of crooks breaking into his condo
A still image from video captured in the lobby of a Burnaby condo building is shown. Police have not released video from the homeowners security system.

A condo owner wasnt able to thwart a break-in at his Burnaby home but he was able to watch it play out live.

A resident of a building in Metrotown was alerted to the incident shortly after noon on July 13, Mounties said in a statement Wednesday.

He had a home surveillance system that was connected to the internet, police said, so he was able to view the suspects through video streamed to his cellphone. The man, who was not home at the time, called police.

A person working in the building was also alerted to the break in and headed up to the suite. When the worker arrived, they were attacked. The assault left them with minor head injuries, police said.

Few details have been provided by police, including whether anything was stolen, but officers said they believe the suspects managed to get into the building using a fob. It is not yet known how they came into possession of the fob.

Nearly four months later, Mounties released a short clip showing the suspects in the case, hoping someone will help track them down.

The 16-second video shows the suspects entering the building after one appears to hold up a fob outside the door. They walk into the building and out of frame as the door closes.

Both men are described as South Asian. The first had a beard at the time, and was wearing a grey sweater, green T-shirt, black baseball cap and blue shoes with white soles. He was carrying a dark coloured duffel bag with red at the ends.

The second was wearing all black, including a black cap, and was carrying a black duffel bag with roller wheels at the front.

Anyone who recognizes the men in the video is asked to call the RCMP at 604-646-9999, or to reach out anonymously through Crime Stoppers.

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The owner of the condo watched live video of the crime on his cellphone using a home surveillance system app

Burnaby RCMP is asking for the public's help identifying two men caught on video breaking into a Metrotown condominium.

Burnaby RCMP is asking for the public’s help identifying two men caught on video breaking into a Metrotown condominium.

The incident happened on July 13 but police are now spreading photos of the suspects in hopes someone recognizes them.

The owner of the condo wasn’t at home at the time of the break-in but he alerted police while he watched live video of the crime on his cellphone using a home surveillance app.

A person working in the building, who was also made aware of the break-in, confronted the thieves in the suite and was assaulted by one of them. Police say he suffered minor injuries.

“How they came into possession of this fob is still under investigation,” Burnaby RCMP Cpl. Daniela Panesar said in a release.

One suspect is described as a South Asian man with a beard. He was wearing a grey sweater with black tie strings and a green t-shirt underneath, a black baseball cap, blue shoes with white soles and he was carrying a dark duffel bag.

The second suspect was a South Asian man in all black clothing with a black baseball cap. He was carrying a black duffel bag with roller wheels on the front.

If you recognize either of these men you can contact Burnaby RCMP at 604-646-9999 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.