Well, this is just awkward: a 60-year-old male real estate agent was caught on camera stealing women’s clothing from a house for sale in Arlington, Virginia.
Stephen Brumme of Silver Spring, Maryland, was arrested and charged with burglary after a couple accused him of purloining clothes from their home, with the surveillance footage to back it up.
While the homeowners were out of town in early February, Brumme entered their house legally and signed in as a real estate agent to show the house. But as he waited for clients to arrive, Brumme went into a bedroom and rummaged through a dresser, stuffing three women’s shirts into his pocket before leaving to answer the door.
When the couple returned and realized the wife’s clothing was missing, they checked their web-enabled dropcam and got quite the shock.
“Our reaction was a feeling of being violated by a creep who wanted to go through our things,” the husband told ARLnow.com. “I like to think that people are good, but oftentimes they’re not.”
The homeowners had installed the clearly visible camera after someone had apparently dropped a razor blade in their garbage disposal during another showing (jeez, what terrible luck).
Brumme’s real estate license was immediately suspended, and other potential victims in the area are asked to notify police if they believe they’ve been burglarized.