If you’re a would-be thief hoping to rob an unsuspecting person, best not do it in front of a camera.
A group of thieves learned that lesson the hard way after reportedly breaking into the home of a student in Ecuador and robbing her while her classmates witness it all on Zoom.
According to the Daily Mail, a student named Maria Rose was participating in an online English class in the city of Ambato located in Tungurahua, Ecuador, last week when burglars broke into her home.
“Does anyone have the address or the number of her parents?” one of the girl’s classmates said during the Zoom class, prompting another student to do so.
“Call her straight away,” another student said.
Maria’s screen then froze after the robbers lifted her laptop, a safe, $4,000 in money, two guns, two cell phones, a video game console and a puncturing weapon.
The alert classmates also notified the teacher, who didn’t seem to notice the crime happening in front of their eyes. The thieves eventually fled.
In a statement, local police stated “units from the Organized Motorized Group were dispatched and were informed of the criminal act upon arriving at the location.
“The perpetrators of the robbery fled the scene in a motorized vehicle and thanks to the location of the mobile phones they robbed, they were located and captured in an area known as Huachi Grande.”
The Daily Mail reported the four suspects – Luis C., Valentin P., Carlos A., and Dorian R. – were arrested. It’s not known what charges they will face.