Yuba County Video Camera Thieves Captured In The Act

LINDA (CBS13) – Thieves got away with 12 surveillance cameras from a Yuba County health clinic over the weekend, but in the process they gave investigators a look back in time.

The hard drives associated with those cameras stored footage of the criminals in the act outside the Harmony Health Medical Clinic in Linda.

Rachel Farrell, who runs the clinic that serves a lot of uninsured or under-insured patients, says the crooks didn’t just do it once, or twice, but three times in two days.

“It’s frustrating, always frustrating when you are trying to help a community,” she said.

Thieves got away with all 12 cameras outside but what these guys somehow didn’t realize was the cameras were recording what and who was in front of them

“I don’t think it was well planned or orchestrated,” Farrell said.

“In this case what they were stealing certainly helped us solve the crime,” Yuba County Sheriff’s Lt. Damon Gil said.

Investigators say one man seen on the video is Keith Cook. He’s already been arrested, but they need help identifying a second suspect who covers up his face in some of the footage.

The thieves didn’t take anything else, nor did they break into the business, and Farrell has a theory about why the crooks struck.

“I think people here are bored and it’s almost like ‘See what I can do’ and they sort of bet each other and it’s out of sheer boredom,” she said.

Boredom maybe, but the crime captured the mugs of two criminals caught in the act.

This is the second time that thieves have stolen from Harmony Health in the past year. Farrell says she’s already bought new surveillance cameras and they’ll be going up in the next few days.

  • Jed

    Once convicted for this crime, they should be banned from government assistance programs for five years minimum.

    • Nate

      …So that they have no choice but to go out and commit more theft….resulting in more tax dollars spent housing them in prison…

    • Larry Burdge

      Never gonna happen.

    • Franksam

      They might be in a compulsory Government assistance program for five years after their convictions.

  • Jed

    Hey Danny. Harmony Health is a private entity. Not government. They have a RIGHT to use surveillance cameras to protect thier property.

    • RushLimbow

      You Sir, Are a crazy person, Get help

    • Freedom First

      They have a RIGHT to use surveillance cameras to protect thier property. Obviosuly they don’t work, the cameras are gone. 8)

  • Kerry

    Sounds like the “Perfect Crime” to me, inasmuch as NOTHING WILL BE DONE TO THE CRIMINALS, EVEN IF THEY ARE CAUGHT !!!

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  • Yuran

    Ron Paul…lolzerbeams.

  • Malcom

    a disgrace to their race. They should be punished and shamed in public for all to see.

  • Bruce G

    I’m struck by the cavalier attitude of the person that runs the clinic. She guessed that they stole the $2,000 worth of cameras out of boredom. No, my guess is they stole them and planned to sell them for a tenth of their value. Then these two citizens could take care of their boredom with chemicals. Perhaps not. Maybe they have families to feed. Sorry to be so judgemental!

    What they really did is to deprive the people of their community $2,000 worth of services at this clinic. The money to replace the cameras comes from somewhere. I doubt Rachel ponied up the money from her personal account. Even if insurance comes into play, money was lost. Of course if the money for the cameras and installation will come from the government, I guess there is no problem.

    • Notgonnafly

      Keith was so freaking stupid he didn’t bother to conceal his identity while stealing surveillance cameras! I mean, come on! You can’t seriously expect a specimen like this to think in such abstract concepts as how his actions impact the community?

      And I’m sure this paragon of virtue has probably robbed in and about the community before. Pretty sure he’s not losing sleep over it.

      Needless to say, Keith and his pal probably don’t pay taxes. They don’t care where the money comes from to replace the cameras — as long as the cameras are replaced so they can try to steal them again, they’re happy.

      This is, of course, Bush’s fault. What isn’t?

  • Oscarphone

    Well, they follow the MO of every thief: If they were smart they wouldn’t be criminals.

  • stan atkinson

    Hopefully if they do something like this again the law will blow them away.

    • Larry Burdge

      Where’s Eric Holder when you need him? OH, , I forgot. He’s buzy suppying weapons to Mexico’s drug cartel.

  • JR

    The contractors were negligent if they were stolen a 2nd time. Budget installations get you cameras that are easy to steal.

    This is what happens when you go “low bidder”…

    • Stan

      Agree, any outside camera should that low should be domed and vandal resistant.

  • homeeducators

    You’ll find the accomplice in the front row at the next MENSA meeting — NOT.

  • homeeducators

    Check with Kennedy and Kassebaum on this, but if those fellows had a treatment relationship with that facility (a covered entity under the law), then broadcasting their mugs this way violates a federal law known as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act aka HIPAA.

  • Larry Burdge

    That’s exactly what I do when I’m bored, steal something, anything. Just like they do out in California. Keeps me buzy so I ain’t bored.

  • ZAP!

    Next time install cameras wired with an electrical current that will main/kill anyone who doesn’t enter a keypad code before touching them.

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  • RushLimbow

    Deport them !!!!

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