DC resident says police unhelpful after home burglarized 11 times

- A Southeast D.C. man is pleading for help after he says D.C. police have ignored eleven different burglaries at his home.

He has given the police surveillance video from his home, and yet, no arrests have been made.

"I just changed the lock,” said Kehinde Taiwo. “We have this and padlocks on all the windows."

Taiwo says he and his family are prisoners in their own home. For the past three years, he says three men seen on his surveillance video have been terrorizing his family and breaking into their home -- getting away with close to $40,000 worth in electronics, jewelry and cash.

"Three years ago, they came four times,” he tells us. “Last year, they came four times. This year, they already came three times.”

He says each time he has called the police, “They give me a police report and they disappear.”

Taiwo says the same men broke in yet again last week. So he went through motions, showed up at the Seventh District police station and asked for explanations.

"They are not doing their job,” he says.

But he says officers told him there were no records of any prior break-ins at his home.

Taiwo has spent thousands of dollars on an alarm system, changing locks, installing bars with padlocks and outfitting his house, both inside and outside, with surveillance cameras. He even got dogs for protection.

"They stole the dogs -- two dogs," says Taiwo.

He says he feels helpless and even came face-to-face with the suspects.

"One of them told me that, ‘You come from Africa. You think you can have things that we haven’t got? If you got stuff that we haven’t got, [when] we need stuff, we're coming down here and get it."

We have blurred out the faces of the alleged thieves from the surveillance video because they have not been arrested.

Taiwo is pleading for an arrest or he will have no other choice than to finally take matters into his own hands.

"Booby trap the house or I’ll be sitting with a shotgun on my lap and they'll come in one day thinking that there's nobody home,” he says. "I can move from here, but based on principle, I decided not to until the people doing this are arrested and brought to book. Then I can move.”

Earlier this year, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser unveiled a rebate program for 2016 that would help residents and businesses pay for surveillance cameras in order to help police make arrests.

This homeowner says he has taken on that expense himself in hopes it would lead to an arrest sooner rather than later, but still, nothing has happened.

We notified D.C. police of our story and have provided them case numbers from Taiwo. D.C. police spokesperson Lt. Sean Conboy sent FOX 5 a statement saying:

"Since this issue has been brought to our attention, a review of the cases was conducted by one of our detective supervisors. We have identified one case where policy was not followed. Detectives are working to further the investigations."

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