Too-Open House When Thieves Show Up

Strangers stroll through and rob homeowners while agents show homes.
1:45 | 10/15/14

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Next tonight here, the real estate nightmare. The open house and the unwanted visitor caught on tape. The family thought they had done everything right to protect themselves. Here's ABC's Brandi Hitt. Reporter: Watch this man strolling through a home during a realtor's open house. On security video released by the LAPD, he heads to a back bedroom where the family had taken precautions and locked expensive jewelry in a closet. Police say the thief ripped the front off a locked drawer, seen here in his hand and got away with a large amount of jewelry. This all happened within ten minutes. Reporter: Fran Solomon's home was also hit during an open house. A victim police believe of the same thief. She walked in on the suspect steeling $200,000 worth of jewelry from her closet. He was stuffing jewelry in his sock and I went and I pushed him and I said, what are you doing? Reporter: He escaped, running out the front door. Police say open houses are a perfect opportunity for thieves to strike. While the realtors are busy showing the home to potential buyers. It's difficult for the realtors to keep an yil on every person that's in the house. Reporter: To protect yourself, police recommend homeowners remove jewelry and medications when they have an open house. And ask the realtor to bring extra people for security. Fran has already installed new security cameras. You have cameras in the closet now? We have cameras in the closets. Reporter: Some real estate agents surprisingly advise against having an open house. But that can be something homeowners don't want to hear. Definitely check with the police to make sure there haven't been a string of robberies in your neighborhood before you show your home.

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