In-home surveillance and social media help identify home intrude - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

In-home surveillance and social media help identify home intruder

(Source: Family) (Source: Family)
(Source: Family) (Source: Family)

A Mid-South couple's surveillance camera caught a burglar rummaging through their house. They say the burglar was captured after the video was posted to social media. 

"That would be kind of creepy to catch somebody doing that," said a neighbor. "It'd be kind of scary too."

The family, who lives in Berry Hill Farms, installed DropCam cameras all over their house. That is what helped them realized someone was violating their property.

The cameras captured a man walking through the living room window. Once inside, he walked through the home with his hands in his pockets. At one point he even went into the master bedroom.

"Everything is being recording," neighbor Matt Oatsvall said. "Everybody's got cameras setting up stuff. I'd be scared to even try anything like that."

In one part of the video, the man can be seen hauling away a jug full of coins.

The family posted the surveillance pictures to several social media sites, including which allows neighbors to privately collaborate about what is happening near them.

Thousands of people saw the pictures and video. Some people recognized him and called police.

The family says it's only a matter of time before the man finds himself roaming inside a jail cell.

"Everybody works for a living to get what they want. Somebody just comes in an trashes it or just takes it. That's what burns me up," Oatsvall said.

Police have not released any information about the crime or the suspect.

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