Man Caught on Camera Burglarizing Home of 81-Year-Old Wheelchair-Bound Woman in Riverside

A man was caught on surveillance video entering the home of 81-year-old wheelchair-bound woman and stealing several items, Riverside police said Thursday.

The man entered an apartment in 8500 block of Magnolia Avenue around 7:45 p.m. on April 29, according to police. Resident Shirley Freeman was home at the time.

The burglar is seen in the video walking and crawling throughout the home before leaving the property a short time later.

"He gets down on his hands and knees and starts crawling a little bit. It looks like he may have heard the victim inside," said Riverside Police Department Officer Ryan Railsback.

Freeman told KTLA Freeman was was enjoying a facial in the bathroom when the man entered. She is shown on camera in her living room after the man leaves.

"I wish I hadn't been in a wheelchair because I would have jumped him in a minute," said Freeman. "I can't believe how stupid he is. I heard him open a drawer and I yelled 'What the hell are you doing here?'"

The man stole a collection of crosses, jewelry and a purse with $150, credit cards and medical cards, according to Freeman. 

The burglar is described as a black man in his 40s. He was last seen wearing a letterman-style blue-and-white jacket with white sleeves and a "Panthers" logo on the back, a plaid shirt and blue pants. He was also seen wearing a black fedora cap that he removed when he entered the home.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Detective Merrill at 951-353-7946.