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Home security system captures Raleigh burglary on tape

Posted January 1, 2013

— A Raleigh couple's home security system could help them find the criminals who broke into their home.

Matt Robinson installed eight cameras in different places around his home as a way to keep an eye on his dog.

The cameras can be accessed online or by using a smartphone, but Robinson said he and his wife had trouble pulling them up Saturday night while they were out of town for the holidays.

A relative went to their home to check things out and found the house had been burglarized.

"Three kicks is all it took" to break through the back door, Robinson said Tuesday.

He retrieved the video that recorded the the burglary. It shows the three thieves casually walking around the house for nearly 15 minutes looking for valuables. One of them even used a knife to open a box.

"Imagine seeing your own house and people that should not be there going through your stuff. It is not a good feeling," Robinson said.

Raleigh burglary caught on tape Footage of burglary doesn't ease Raleigh couple's minds

One of the thieves eventually noticed the video cameras and is seen in the video cutting the cables to at least one of them. Bleach also was poured over a box that records the video from the cameras, but it wasn't enough to erase the images of the burglary.

Robinson put the video on YouTube and has passed out fliers in his neighborhood, asking anyone who recognizes the people on the tape to call police.

The thieves stole about $1,500 in cash and electronics, he said, but they also took something on which he cannot put a dollar figure.

"It's very violating, unsettling, and you lose your peace of mind," he said. "That is hard to get back."


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  • jackleg Jan 3, 2013

    Just a thought to the people whining about other people leaving cash in their home... Ya know, lots of people have jars or top drawers full of quarters or other spare change. It's probably not sequentially numbered in 20's like you seem to think.

  • smcallah Jan 2, 2013

    "Really? and if the result of your childish "defense" is your or your families life or the theft of gun that goes on to kill others just to protect some "stuff" you have insured anyway....is that responsible?"

    A gun is not used to protect "stuff" that is insured. That is illegal in North Carolina. It is used to protect you from severe injury, murder, or rape, or the same done to someone in your house.

    What is childish about the ability to protect your family from something that the police have no time to protect you from? The police don't sit on your street waiting for your call at 2am.

    Ask the family of the 14 year old in Henderson that had to use his dad's shotgun to kill one of the 4 intruders that broke into their house midday when only his sister and he were at home.

    What do you think the outcome would be without the gun?

    Responsible gun owners are not the problem. I won't suggest they are the solution either.

  • smcallah Jan 2, 2013

    "Tell them that I have already called 911 and that they have about 2 minutes before the Cops arrive......and that they are welcome to anything they can grab in that time as my insurance will cover it all at replacement cost. If they already have the drop on me so I can't call I wouldn't be able to use a gun either..... As you said the odds are low to start with and when you add the odds that having gun would really save me any injury or worse it becomes vanishingly small odds. Certainly not worth the 8000 dead Americans every year or those 20 kids......."

    Yeah, the cops aren't arriving in 2 minutes and they know that as well. The cops will be arriving in 20 minutes and taking a report.

    If they had the drop on you, how'd you call 911? You can pick up a gun as quick as you can pick up the phone. Also, presumably, this would happen at night, your house would likely be dark. You know the inside of your house, they don't.

  • smcallah Jan 2, 2013

    "Smcallah wrote..."


    I didn't write what you quoted me as writing. You might want to check who you attribute things to. That's 2 people in a row that don't even know what I said.

  • smcallah Jan 2, 2013

    "smcallah This is for you. Had you rather have a gun and not need it or need it and not have one. Think about it."


    What are you talking about? I didn't say anything against guns. I have guns and have not needed them for home defense and hopefully never will.

  • superman Jan 2, 2013

    I am always amazed the number of people who keep cash at home. They have so much cash they dont take it with them? Seems it would be a lot safer and more convenient to use a credit card. I use my credit card for almost everything. Pay it off each month and get CASH back a couple times a year. I always have cash in my wallet but prefer to use my cash back credit card.

  • junkmail5 Jan 2, 2013

    Remember...when seconds count, the police are only minutes away!

  • farm Jan 2, 2013

    Hey Grand Union.... 2 minutes for the police to arrive? Where do you live?

  • Grand Union Jan 2, 2013

    "Just because you don't choose to defend your home doesn't mean the people that do are irresponsible in doing it."

    Really? and if the result of your childish "defense" is your or your families life or the theft of gun that goes on to kill others just to protect some "stuff" you have insured anyway....is that responsible?

  • Grand Union Jan 2, 2013

    " Had you rather have a gun and not need it or need it and not have one. Think about it."

    Had you rather had a Stinger missile and not need it and not have one and need it?

    And would your Family rather you not have a gun when you got depressed or mentally ill and killed them all? The odds of that are far higher than your supposed "need".