Cameras capture real estate agent rifling through women's underwear

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A real estate agent was arrested after cameras caught him stealing women's underwear from a house that had been put up for sale.

Arlington County police said 60-year-old Stephen Brumme, of Silver Spring, used his real estate business' keyless access card to enter hundreds of homes in the Washington area, and police are looking for more victims.

The theft was discovered last month after residents in the Ballston neighborhood of Arlington noticed that several pieces of women's clothing were missing from a bedroom.

The residents reviewed the motion-activated web cameras that had been placed in the bedroom, and watched as Brumme rifled through drawers and closets, police said.

Police said the victim was not a client of Brumme's, but he had entered the home to show the house to his client, said spokesman Dustin Sternbeck.

The video shows Brumme on his cellphone giving directions to his client while he slides open drawers and examines the women's underwear, said Sternbeck. As the prospective buyer arrives, Brumme can been seen slipping the garments into his back pants pockets.

Brumme, of Silver Spring, was charged with burglary and possession of burglary tools. The access card was the tool that Brumme used to gain entry to ultimately commit the crime, said Sternbeck.

Brumme was released on bail, and his real estate license was immediately suspended, said police.

Police are reviewing Brumme's access card logs that show he has been inside hundreds of homes, said Sternbeck.

Online Maryland records show Brumme was licensed as a real estate agent with America Properties, of Potomac, and the Rockville office of Fairfax Realty. The telephone number listed for America Properties is no longer in service, and a message left at Fairfax Realty on Monday was not immediately returned.

Police have released video of Arlington incident, and are looking for any more victims. Anyone with additional information can call police at 703-558-2222 or Detective Timothy Parsons at 703-228-4172. Parsons can also be reached by email at Tparsons@arlingtonva.us.

smccabe@washingtonexaminer.com

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Scott McCabe

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