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A newspaper delivery driver and his friend are being blamed by residents of one Redding neighborhood of stealing from a car and it was all captured on video.
The vehicle was captured on video by several neighbors' surveillance systems. One neighbor says it took them working together to figure out who did it.
"Everyone make mistakes, and we can understand that,” Sandra Oswald, a Redding resident. “But there's two sides to every story, and then there's camera footage."
Neighbor Sandra Oswald said the incident happened in this Redding neighborhoods early Sunday morning as the man delivered newspapers.
"And the only reason I found out he was the paper guy, was I saw him on one of the camera screens when he threw a paper onto my neighbor's front yard," Oswald said.
In the video, a van drives into the cul-de-sac, a man steps off. He then walks away and the van goes off camera. The van then comes back, and picks up the man and drives away.
The suspect took a $150 pair of sunglasses, a waiter's notebook and a necklace which were later returned by the sister of the driver.
Record Searchlight employee Meinert Toberer says police are investigating the incident, and they have separated with the driver who was actually an independent contractor.
“Once I became aware, I followed up with my team,” said Toberer “We had a conversation with the independent contractor that delivers that area and during that conversation, it was decided by both parties that it was just best to just terminate our arrangement effective immediately.”
Toberer says starting Monday, Record Searchlight staff have taken over the route and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.
Oswald says this is the fifth time her video cameras have captured neighborhood crime.
They are vital, but the fact of the matter is that we shouldn't have to live that way,” she said. “We shouldn't have security systems and alarm systems. We should be able to feel safe
“You're not going to get away with, because someone knows you, someone will see it, and then the law then comes down on you,” she said.
Toberer says they have 70 independent contractors delivering tens of thousands of newspapers across 4 counties.