BUSTED! Thief Videotapes Himself With Stolen Camera! (He Would Have Got Away With It If He Wasn't Such A Ham For Attention!) "And This Is Me. Hi."
Published on May 25, 2012
20 year old Houaka Yang doesn't come off as some hardened criminal,, but he does seem like a complete idiot. Yang stole a camera from an unlocked car outside the home of Republican state Senate candidate Bill Feehan. Chris Rochester is Feehan's spokesman and the camera's owner. He got his camera back last week but didn't find the suspect's home movies until after he filmed Gov. Scott Walker's visit to La Crosse on Monday. As Rochester looked for video he shot of the governor's appearance, he found 20 other segments the suspect apparently recorded. Most were uneventful, until there was a 79-second segment of the suspect talking about stealing the camera and panning around a home, pointing out the kitchen and the bathroom. "This is my house, yes, and a stolen camera that I stole," he says. "But it's OK, the cops won't figure it out." He continues: "Oh yeah, to introduce you, my name is Houaka Yang, so yeah. How do you do?" Then, he turned the camera to reveal his face and said with a smile, "And this is me. Hi. Yang was scheduled to make an initial appearance Wednesday on two charges of being party to the crime of misdemeanor theft and one misdemeanor count of carrying a concealed weapon. The charges carry a maximum penalty of two years and three months in jail and a $30,000 fine. Rochester said he didn't think Feehan was targeted for political reasons. Police had investigated a number of thefts reported in the area. Security videos at Feehan's home showed two suspects rifling through the car in his driveway. Investigators showed the footage to officials at a local high school, who identified one suspect, La Crosse police Sgt. Randy Rank said. The 14-year-old in turn identified Yang, he said. The two admitted breaking into Feehan's car. They turned over an array of stolen items, including the video camera. Both now face theft charges. Yang also faces a bail jumping charge because he was out on bond for stealing items from cars