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Lansing woman catches thief on camera

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Posted at 8:02 AM, Dec 22, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-22 08:02:05-05

Caught in the act. It's one thing to think someone is stealing from you. To actually see it happening? Well, that can be unnerving. Which is exactly what a Lansing woman felt she caught a thief on camera. She only talked to FOX 47's Alani Letang.

The homeowner told Letang the thief is stealing soda bottles. The first theft occurred when the bottles were stored just inside the door of her house. A second theft occurred when the bottles were further inside the door up a short flight of steps.

The woman is worried the thief is getting closer and closer to entering her house.

"Next could be my house and I have a seven-year-old son who lives inside," said Audrey Morofsky.

Audrey said it's been an ongoing issue for years dating back to the previous owner. Morofsky said, "It's known to have people try to break in when my grandma owned the house she had someone break-in and steal stuff from her all the time."

Audrey provided us with up close pictures of the man whole stole from her on Tuesday when he was inside the breezeway. After he took the bottles she told us he wanted a little more before making a speedy exit.

"He also stopped turned back around and grabbed a partial cigarette and he came out and he took off running," said Audrey. She hopes the video from the surveillance cameras will help catch him. "Just because you didn't see a truck home or a light was on, doesn't give someone the right to think they can come into your home and take your things," she said.

Audrey doesn't mind giving her bottles away to people who need them. In fact, she's done it before when people have walked by and noticed them. She just wants them to ask first.

"There is a difference between asking someone when you're hard up, and just taking something that's not yours," she said.

Audrey filed a police report for Tuesday's incident as well as others in the past. She's even thought of placing a decoy a bag of water bottles in place of the pop bottles to teach her thief a lesson.