KETTERING, Ohio (WDTN) - A Kettering couple are not taking a theft at their home lightly. They are doing something about it.
Resa Harris and her boyfriend believe they're being targeted. Their house was broken into twice in one week.
Thousands of dollars worth of gaming equipment was stolen.
They never thought the criminal would return to the scene of the crime just days later. When he did, Resa was ready.
First she called police, then set up her own surveillance system.
"Most places have cameras, so I would feel safer and better if I knew who was trying to come in," said Harris. "It takes pictures and video as soon as motion is detected and it's done with your regular camera, webcam at home."
It paid off two days later after Resa's boyfriend left for work.
"I heard the door jerk open. I actually ran to his room and grabbed his gun. The guy saw me and bolted. I left the gun in the house and chased him down the driveway."
When she came back home she checked her camera and found that she captured video of the man in broad daylight looking through their back door. He eventually worked his way in and knocked the camera over.
Police say this type of evidence can help in solving these cases.
"It's critical for our investigations for them to be a part of it. Whether they use surveillance or whether they know the person from surveillance video, it helps us tremendously," said Officer Ron Roberts.
While this suspect is still on the loose, Resa said having video of the criminal is priceless.
"I think everyone who doesn't have an alarm system, more specific, should look into web monitoring for their home," said Harris.
Officer Roberts says while setting up a surveillance system is great, he cautions citizens from confronting the criminal. He says that is when police should step in and take over.
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