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Homeowners suspect thief, use cameras to catch him

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BARTOW (FOX 13) -

Anthony Rickzo couldn't figure out why or where his family's medicine was going.

"Time after time, stuff started missing. Medicine, pills," he said.

The medicine was for Rickzo's back and for his daughter's medical condition.

He figured it wasn't anybody from outside.

"I actually blamed my children," he said.

But he thought wrong. He said it went on for two and a half months, shortly after his wife's co-worker James Cote started mowing their lawn.

They never suspected him at first, but Anthony's wife had an idea -- she suggested they put up surveillance cameras.

"I set it up Sunday night and I caught him Monday morning at 9:08," Rickzo said.

An email alerted Anthony to movement inside his house. No one was home, but his cameras were rolling.

"When I saw the video yesterday I couldn't believe it. I was shocked," he said.

The suspect slipped in through his daughter's unlocked window and used a flashlight to search every inch of the house.

He takes his time staying 27 minutes.

"He was going through my house, my stuff," Rickzo said.

Anthony called the Polk Sheriff's Office, and gave them the video.

They identified the burglar as James Cote -- his wife's co-worker and fellow EMT.

"I trusted the man enough to recommend him to my parents' house to do their stuff to," he said.

Deputies say Cote got away with the family's prescription drugs, tablets and more.

"I don't think it shocked us as much as it did the homeowner," said Sheriff Grady Judd.

Judd said cameras give homeowners extra eyes when they're not home.

"Buy these really inexpensive cameras, set them up in and around the house, and you can help us become a crime fighter," he said.

Anthony and his wife says they will continue to rely on their extra set of eyes.

"This will be back up in my house tonight and every night, and it will record," he said.

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