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article imageSurveillance video captures robbers breaking into N.C. home

By Leigh Goessl
Jan 2, 2013 in Crime
Raleigh - A homeowner in North Carolina captured almost six minutes of footage showing three individuals breaking and entering his home. The homeowner posted the video on YouTube and the couple is hoping the video brings the thieves' identities.
Matt and Beth Robinson's house was robbed when were away for the holidays, and now they are hoping that authorities can catch the individuals responsible. While the thieves got away with some of their possessions, the couple got a good glimpse at the men who had been rummaging through their home. And now more than 145,000 people have also gotten a look at the thieves in the act.
A stunning surveillance video was published on YouTube on Dec. 31, posted by user flashpitt. The video shows thieves breaking and entering a Raleigh, N.C. home.
While the thieves tried to destroy the evidence of their crime, the surviving footage captured almost six minutes of video. The description under the YouTube video outlines the time frame of the thieves' actions and is described as follows:
At 00:15 - Criminals 2 and 3 check the back yard area while criminal 1 rings the doorbell 4 times. Criminals then congregate in the back yard and try kicking the back door one time. At 1:36, Criminals 1 and 2 eventually kick in the door. At 1:56 - Interior video of Criminals 1, 2, 3 entering the back door. At 5:10 - Criminal 1 finally notices surveillance camera and covers his face. He proceeds to turn the camera towards the wall and eventually cuts the wire.
The video ends after the criminals pour liquid bleach into the camera DVR box, shorting the electronics and charring the cables. The hard drive survived. At this time they have not been caught.
According to ABC News, Matt Robinson had installed a two-way camera surveillance camera to monitor the family pets.
The couple knew something was wrong during their vacation as they were unable to check up on their cameras remotely from their cellphones or online, but they got confirmation after a relative called and told them their home had been burglarized.
"We can check the cameras on our cell phones...and computers stuff like that and we noticed that they weren't working," Robinson said, reported ABC News.
The incident occurred on Sat., Dec. 29, and the thieves spent almost 15 minutes in the house. Included in the stolen items were an iPod, X-Box, Netflix box and $1,500 in cash.
Robinson said the thieves also took one other thing that cannot be gotten back.
"It's very violating, unsettling, and you lose your peace of mind," Robinson said, reported WRAL. "That is hard to get back."
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