A pair of burglars took a personal watercraft from the yard of a Hollywood home in an incident that was caught on surveillance video.
The theft occurred before dawn on Valentine’s Day while the homeowners were asleep inside the house, in the 400 block of North 28th Avenue.
The home security video shows a hooded man casually walking up to the two-story house at about 3:30 a.m., jumping over a wooden fence and fumbling with a lock before walking away.
About two hours later, the man returns, this time with an accomplice driving a large pickup truck.
The hooded man opens the gate and drags a red and silver 2003 Sea-Doo GTX and its trailer outside. The truck is seen backing up to the house, then leaving with the watercraft.
Florida is the country’s leading state for watercraft thefts, according to a 2011 report by the National Insurance Crime Bureau.
The “Jet Ski” was the most stolen type of watercraft, with 1,219 reported thefts from 2009 to 2011. The average value of the watercraft was $15,615. The Fort Lauderdale area had the third-highest rate of watercraft thefts in the United States, the report said.
Only about 39 percent of the stolen watercraft were recovered, according to the report.
Hollywood police ask that anyone with information about the case call Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-8477.