Watch Montgomery County criminals as they work

Well, look who is on YouTube: The Montgomery County Police Department.

Officers launched a channel earlier this month to help track down thieves. Three surveillance videos of criminals in action have been posted so far, and they are strangely gripping.

Silent, dark, and quick, the videos show the fleeting moments that disrupt the lives of law abiding citizens.

Below, burglars snatch $5,000 worth of narcotics from Rockville Pharmacy. Toward the end of the video, in a potential karma moment, one burglar nearly loses his head via a falling cabinet door.

And in this video, two burglars break in to cars in front of a Rockville home. Watch how gently they close the doors, in quiet synchronization. They strut away with a credit card, their flashlights still on.

Michael Rosenwald is a reporter on the Post's local enterprise team. He writes about the intersection of technology, business and culture.

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