Thief's shock at security camera
Published 07/08/2014 | 15:11
A man is hoping footage of a burglar caught raiding his parents' home will help to trace the intruder.
The thief can be seen spotting the camera and staring directly at the lens open mouthed. He then ducks out of view and makes off with the camera in a bid to remove the evidence.
Unbeknown to him, the footage has already been captured and stored online.
Phi Chong installed the camera at his parents' home in Daventry, Northamptonshire, after they were burgled in November.
The 30-year-old, who lives in London, said: "I suspected they might come back so we installed the camera.
"It's the first of its kind and not available over here. I imported it from the US. The footage is stored online. You can access it on your computer or phone.
"I had a call in the early hours from my sister. She was upset and told me our dad's house had been burgled again.
"As I went through the footage while on the phone to my sister I saw a face moving around the room. I thought 'I've caught him'.
"It is funny to see his reaction when he sees the camera. I really hope this footage can help to track him down."
Cash, two watches, a camera and jewellery were taken during the break-in.
Among the items were a gold chain and a Buddha amulet left by his late brother for his unborn son.
Police are investigating the burglary, which took place last Saturday between 1.30pm and 2.30pm.
Inspector Phil Mills said: "We are investigating a number of leads, including CCTV footage provided by the home owner.
"We would like to speak to anyone who may recognise the man in the photograph or indeed anyone who may have seen any suspicious activity in the area around the time of the burglary.
"We believe he may have been carrying a weapon at the time of the burglary and would urge people to get in touch straight away if they recognise him."