Colorado Hot Tub Hoodlums make off with top-notch tub (w/ video)Denver, CO (CNN) - A brazen burglary in Denver is caught on camera. It's hard to believe one person could actually steal an item this size.
By: Brian Maas, CNN, CNN
Denver, CO (CNN) - A brazen burglary in Denver is caught on camera. It's hard to believe one person could actually steal an item this size.
It was last Wednesday at five in the morning when multiple surveillance cameras captured images of the well prepared thief in action, stealing the hot tub from Colorado Custom Spas on north Broadway.
Stan Goodreau - Colorado Custom Spas: “Hot tubs don't walk off. It takes a few people and quite a bit of time. They were on site for over a half-an-hour to do this.”
The hot tub hoodlum shows up and immediately tries to spray something on a surveillance camera to obstruct the view. It doesn't work. Armed with a pump, he then drains 250 gallons of water from the hot tub, stopping only to try and spray the camera again
Stan Goodreau: “The hot tub was sitting right here.”
Stan Goodreau, who runs the hot tub company, says the unit that was stolen could hold three people and probably weighed 500 pounds when empty. It’s worth about $5,000. All of this happened just a few yards from i-25.
Reporter: “This seems brazen.”
Stan Goodreau: “Very bold. At five o'clock in the morning there are a lot of commuters going to work. There are busses on Broadway here. They didn't seem to be bothered by that.”
The thief maneuvers the now-empty hot tub onto a dolly, and single handedly wheels it through the parking lot to a waiting flatbed truck. A second man is in the truck and helps with the slow-motion getaway. Goodreau is hoping someone might recognize the man from one of these images, or perhaps notice an unexpected hot tub delivery at their neighbors home.
Reporter: “You gotta think inside job or someone who really scouted this out, right?”
Stan Goodreau: “They knew exactly what they would find when they got here. Every step that they did was pretty well thought out, where they would put the dolly, where they would put the sump pump, where they would stand and try and spray something over the camera.