Police are looking for a man in Bakersfield who was caught stealing a security camera by the very same security camera. 2012′s dumb criminals have a lot to live up to after this guy.

Police haven’t identified the man who was literally caught smiling for the camera outside of a hospital in Bakersfield, Calif. It’s all part of a strange new crime trend in the area.

Police have received several reports of suspects dismantling and stealing security cameras so they can use them for their own surveillance systems to give them an edge when police visit them at their homes. The man in the photo has also tried to steal another security camera in at least one other incident. Bakersfield Police Detective Scott Miller told the Huffington Post,

We’re getting hit with a bunch of these thefts lately … They’re likely using them to fortify their own homes for surveillance.”

The hospital examined the security tapes and discovered the photos of the thief approximately a month later. Police released the images in the hopes they could identify the man who took the cameras. So far, no arrests have been made and no suspects have been identified.

On the other hand, these kinds of crimes are saving police a lot of money since they don’t have to hire sketch artists.

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