That’s what one Indian River County man assumed prior to the day his surveillance cameras caught Vero Beach police outside his front door, attempting to disconnect said cameras. As a result, the tenant says his privacy has been violated.
In August 2017, Vero Beach Police Chief David Currey says his officers received an anonymous tip about an individual who lived at a Vero Beach home on 15th Avenue and matched the description of a man wanted for felony grand theft.
“We went there for a felony warrant. We were also advised there may be firearms in the house,” the police chief told WFTS of Tampa Bay.
But the man whom police believed to be the suspect wasn’t home when officers arrived. Surveillance footage shows the officers knocking on the man’s door. At one point, an officer looks up at the camera and reaches toward it – and from there, the video footage shuts off.
Here’s the trick, though: the tenant wasn’t actually the suspect. He only looked like the man Vero Police had been looking for.
Currey says he stands behind his officers’ actions, citing how the officers conducted their duties in a legal fashion.
“In law enforcement, we don’t want to be at a disadvantage. We try to be at an advantage as best we can. If that was a safety precaution, and a tactical precaution to make them safer then I stand behind that,” Currey told WFTS.
Still, the tenant has called the manner in which the officers handled the situation questionable.
The tenant says he installed the camera out of concerns for his home being burglarized again, which had occurred several weeks prior.
Currey says the tenant didn’t come forward about the incident until last week.
An Indian River County man feels his privacy was violated after he captured Vero Beach police disconnecting a surveillance camera outside his front door. https://t.co/TzTqzgoGvo