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Loud music helps thieves burglarize home while victims are still inside

Devo’s “Whip it” is an '80s classic. But the hit song was also a distraction for a woman whose home was being robbed while she and her family were inside. (Courtesy: Columbus Division of Police)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) -- Devo’s “Whip it” is an '80s classic. But the hit song was also a distraction for a woman whose home was being robbed while she and her family were inside.

Columbus Police released surveillance video from inside a west Columbus townhouse that shows two people come inside and take a TV along with the house and car keys.

The incident happened on Sunday April 29th on Wilkes Court at Ashton Pines Apartments & Townhomes near Wilson Road in the city’s Hilltop neighborhood.

The victim, who did not want to be identified, said she and her family were upstairs inside the townhouse when the reported burglary happened.

"The TV was on even when they came in. But I just didn't notice the noise that disappeared. They were very quiet. I didn't hear them downstairs at all."

The victim said since the accused thieves got away with her house and car keys, she had to change the locks at her home and pay $500 for new car keys.

The ordeal has turned the victims emotions from fear to outrage.

"What nerve. The nerve of someone to come in while you're at home and I thought it was pretty stupid too."

A police report says officers were not able to get fingerprints from inside the townhouse because one of the accused suspects is seen wearing a glove in the surveillance video.

Columbus Police ask anyone with information to contact Detective Dent in CPD’s Burglary Unit at 614-645-2257 or by email.

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