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Three men have been charged in connection with a burglary at an Anoka apartment that was caught on camera, but police are still looking for them.

Diamond James, 19, Marsalis Peterson, 19, and Willie Washington, 20, are each charged with two counts of second-degree burglary in connection to the Aug. 7 incident.

Police are still looking for the suspects, according to a post on the Anoka Police Department's Facebook page. Anyone with information on where they could be is asked to contact police at 763-576-2800.

According to the criminal complaints:

The woman who lived in the apartment on Cutters Grove Avenue called police because her security system alerted her that there was an "unknown face seen" in her apartment.

She told police the three men captured on security video didn't have her consent to take her things, which included: a 55-inch TV, three rings, an iPad mini, four necklaces, earrings, costume jewelry, a social security card and other cards, a set of keys, and a garage door opener.

Investigators learned the names of the three men in the video, noting they were guests of another resident in the apartment building over the weekend.

Video showed James kicking the apartment door open and leaving with a few different items. It also shows Peterson saying, "I got you Diamond," and carrying the woman's TV out of the apartment. Washington is captured on video walking around the dining room, picking up a box on the countertop and leaving with a box.

Capt. Eric Peterson told BringMeTheNews after the victim posted the surveillance video to Reddit that having clear footage is a huge boost to any investigation.

“It’s significant … to have video,” he told BringMeTheNews, adding it not only helps identify suspects, but also get the correct dates and times for when the incident occurred, adding: “It’s imperative to the investigation and to the prosecution.”

The remarkably clear footage was taken with a Netatmo Welcome, and indoor security camera with facial recognition that alerts owners wirelessly if there is someone in their home while they’re out, the victim said.

The camera retails at between $180 and $200.

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