Video shows man trying to access locked cars in Buffalo

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – What happens while we’re sleeping is a mystery, except when surveillance cameras are rolling.

News 4 has obtained surveillance video from August 9, where a man is seen walking up the driveway of a North Buffalo home trying to get into locked cars.

Many people in the neighborhood are uneasy about what it shows.

“It’s just very scary to see happening in this neighborhood,” said Joe, the man who recorded the video. He did not want to use his last name for his safety.

The video was recorded about 2:20 a.m. Saturday. The man, Joe says, had already gone through one of his cars parked on Sterling Street.

“It reminds me of when you go camping and you have a bear tear through all your stuff. You come to your campsite and say I didn’t do this, who the hell did,” Joe questioned.

That’s when he checked the cameras and found the video and a picture. The still image was taken from a hunting camera, pointed at the driveway.

It’s a crystal clear image of the same man seen in the video. You can see the infrared light blinking, as the still shot was taken.

Two other reports were filed with Buffalo Police, from Sterling Avenue, that Saturday. Commissioner Daniel Derenda says change was stolen from one car. In another, chairs and a tent were taken.

“Whether it’s Buffalo or different areas of the city or the suburbs, it’s happening countywide,” Derenda said.

The police commissioner says the summer is high time for criminals, walking around, testing cars to see what they can take.

“People need to be a little more vigilant about what they do. People leave their doors open, they leave items in plain sight and it invites the thieves to take their stuff,” Derenda said.

Joe is calling on the police to patrol more often.

“It’s scary and I want people to be aware this is happening. I want to try help scare these guys away,” Joe said.

Joe says he’s handed the video over to police, as their investigation continues. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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