Po­lice: Sus­pect uses boost to swipe cam­eras at homes

Las Vegas Review-Journal (Sunday) - - NEVADA OBITUARIES -

Find­ing a man who stands on a blue bucket to steal surveil­lance cam­eras from Las Ve­gas Val­ley homes is prov­ing to be a tall task.

In a re­lease Las Ve­gas po­lice dubbed the 41-year-old man sus­pected of the crimes the “Blue Bucket Bandit,” and are seek­ing the pub­lic’s help to find him.

Metropoli­tan Po­lice De­part­ment re­ceived a re­port on Dec. 31 of a surveil­lance cam­era stolen from the front porch of a home near West Lake Mead and North Ram­part boule­vards, a re­lease said.

“The vic­tim in this case be­came aware of other res­i­dents in the neigh­bor­hood who had been the vic­tim of sim­i­lar crimes,” po­lice said.

On Thurs­day af­ter­noon, po­lice iden­ti­fied the man, Rus­sell Fowler, as a sus­pect in nine in­ci­dents. Po­lice said Fowler can be seen in many of the cases show­ing up in front of homes hold­ing a blue bucket, on which he stands and reaches for the mounted se­cu­rity cam­eras. He then rips them off the homes and flees.

Metro re­leased footage show­ing a man po­lice iden­tify as Fowler leap­ing to grab a cam­era mounted to the out­side of one home, and in an­other video, plac­ing the bucket on the ground, stand­ing on it and at­tempt­ing to wrest a cam­era off the wall.

Metro also named Fowler as a sus­pect in some pack­age thefts.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion on Fowler’s where­abouts, any of the cases or who be­lieves they may have been vic­tim­ized should call Metro’s North­west Area Com­mand in­ves­ti­ga­tors at 702-8288577 or Crime Stop­pers at 702-3855555 to re­main anony­mous

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