Jason Kandel

‘We'll Get Him': Man Caught on Video Ransacking Elderly Woman's Home

An 81-year-old wheelchair bound woman was not the least bit scared of the man who broke into her Riverside home.

"He won't come back," Shirley Freeman told NBC4 Thursday. "Because he'll be in jail."

Freeman was in the bathroom while the man was caught on surveillance video as he snuck around her home in the 8500 block of Magnolia Avenue in Riverside on Saturday at 7:42 p.m.

The man, described as African American, enters her home through an unlocked door in an assisted living community and is seen walking and crawling through the apartment searching for items to steal.

"He was so quiet, I only heard him when he opened the drawers," she said.

For more than 10 minutes, he lurks around the apartment stealing from drawers -- until Freeman catches him.

"Hey!" she yells after him. "Who just came in? I'm going to get you, you son of a b----."

The burglar looked straight into Freeman's bedroom camera during the theft. He appears to be in his 40s and was seen wearing a letterman style blue and white jacket with white sleeves and a distinct logo on the back.

The logo appears to say "Panthers."

"I was just angry," Freeman said. "Who would steal from older people?"

He also wore a plaid shirt, blue pants, and removed a black fedora cap as he entered the apartment. He stole Freeman's purse with $150 in cash, jewelry and cross collections.

"We'll get him," Freeman said.

A caregiver may have spotted the burglar at a nearby bus stop on Wednesday. If anyone recognizes the man or has information about this investigation, please contact Det. Merrill at (951) 353-7946 or at BMerrill@riversideca.gov.

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