The homeowners were away for the weekend.At 12:30 p.m. last Sunday — in broad daylight, and in view of the road — a security camera caught a man walking up to their Old Hill neighborhood house.
For half an hour, he casually cased out the place. He walked around the property and climbed on the roof, checking for unlocked windows. He banged on the side of the house, making sure no one was home.
He finally found a vulnerable basement window, underneath the deck. He removed the glass — avoiding setting off the alarm — and entered the home. Then he used the owner’s own tools to cut the alarm wire.
That set off the alarm, and the burglar ran away.
“This guy was brazen, unconcerned about being seen or caught, experienced,” the homeowner says. “He knew where the main line of the security system was, and went right to it.”
Police found a Gatorade bottle he had left behind, and got a DNA sample. He did not wear gloves, so they obtained fingerprints and boot prints from the basement too. However, odds are against him getting caught.
This is not the first time this has happened in Old Hill. A neighbor’s home was broken into in mid-March.
Residents have noticed men walking around the area recently. They did not give it a second thought; they figured they were handymen, landscapers or other workers. They’ll be more vigilant now, watching their own property and others’.
Since they learned of the break-in, neighbors have posted Nest photos of men casing other houses.
The owners are adding extra features to their system, and more cameras. They’re filling in the basement window, and alarming all their glass.
“He would have set off the motion detector if he tried to get upstairs,” the owner says. “But it’s still really creepy.”
Besides heightened awareness by all, there’s only one good thing to come of this incident: At least one intruder was masked.