Family catches potential thief on home security camera

Jonesboro Break-In Caught On Camera
(Source: David Liles)
(Source: David Liles)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A Jonesboro family's home security system captured disturbing video early Tuesday morning.

The video, that has been viewed more than 15,000 times since it was uploaded to Facebook, shows a man walk onto their porch at 4 a.m. and appear to reach for the door knob before noticing another security camera and walking away.

It happened early Tuesday morning in a neighborhood off Harrisburg Road.

The homeowners, who have three kids at home, say they want others to be aware of what can happen, even in a seemingly safe neighborhood.

The Liles family of Jonesboro has had their Vivint Home Security system for a few months now.

"If a bug flies right in front of this, we'll get a notification," Jana Liles said.

With cameras strategically located on different parts of their house, they're able to see any and everything that comes onto their property.

"We get notifications a lot," Liles said. "My husband happened to look back at night that we had a notification at 4 o'clock in the morning."

What they saw shocked them.

"It was a man who walked up here to our door and he actually waved his hand in front of this camera but didn't realize it was a camera," Liles said. "And he put his hands under his shirt to not put any fingerprints."

That's when Liles said the man noticed their old video security system.

"He got spooked because he saw this camera, which doesn't really do anything anymore, but we got all of the video here, on this camera," she said.

Liles said the entire incident, which lasts less than 15 seconds, happened at 4 a.m. while she, her husband, and her three children were inside the house asleep.

"It really shook me because my children's bedrooms are closer to this front door than mine is," Liles said. "It terrified me that evil was closer to my children than it was to me."

The family posted the video to Facebook, not only in hopes of identifying the man, but also to let people know that things like this can happen anywhere, even in their quiet neighborhood.

Liles advises people to do any and everything to keep their house from being targeted.

"We usually have all our lights on around our house and we didn't because we have a security system," Liles said. "If we'd had those lights on, maybe he would have seen the sign in our yard, or maybe he wouldn't have been brave enough to come up here, so always keep your lights on around your house at night.

The family did file an incident report with the Jonesboro Police Department.

Liles said she also plans on having Vivint install a fourth security camera on another side of her home.

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