I'm sorry to hear of your dilemma.
There is no particular time in which the police must apply for a search warrant after witnessing a crime. In fact, it is likely that there were other aspects of the investigation
which took place between the time the videotaped surveillance on the 27th and the warrant being sought took place. The issue of timeliness comes into play following the issuance of the warrant---and in this particularly, there is little doubt but that the warrant was timely served.
I see absolutely no problem with any aspect of the investigation and service of the warrant as you have described the facts.
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