Masked suspects target Harlingen businessman's home for 2nd time

You can hear the fear in Sylvia Casares' voice. "Oh my God." Her reaction is nothing less than shock after looking at surveillance images from an attempted robbery at her neighbor's home. "I'm shaking," Sylvia said. "I'm shaking." Three thugs are seen on camera dashing across the backyard. Their faces are covered with masks. One person smacks a security camera off its mount. Their intention is to steal money, according to Harlingen police. "They turned the camera so they wouldn't be seen and they were waiting for him to arrive home," Investigator Reynaldo Delua said. The frightening, real-life drama played out Tuesday just before 10pm along the 2300 block of South 25th Street in Harlingen. Sylvia lives right next door to the targeted home. "I'm just going to be more vigilant going in and out, especially at night," she said. Police say this is the second incident at the home. The first occurred in evening of August 12th, as Investigator Delua explains. "Somebody waited for this victim to arrive home," he said. "Once the person got home and tried closing the garage, they forced themselves into the garage and demanded money." About $160 is stolen during that summertime attack. The suspects beat the victim's knees in with a hammer to get the cash. Sylvia worries what would have happened if her neighbor, a local businessman, had been home this time around. "I think they pretty much know his routine and they're aware that he may carry cash every now and then," Sylvia said. She wants to start a neighborhood watch. Police hope tips will lead to arrests. Anyone with information can call Harlingen Crime Stoppers at (956) 425-TIPS. Click here to join Ryan Wolf TMs Facebook PageClick here to follow Ryan Wolf on Twitter