Norfolk home burglary suspect caught in the act by baby camera


NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — A Norfolk family is on edge after someone broke into their home, and it was caught by another set of eyes — a baby camera.

The suspect unintentionally left an important clue.

The family tells us someone tried to break into their residence 10 days ago while they were home.

They’re hoping someone will recognize the suspect in the video.

The homeowner, who we’ll call “Sharon,” didn’t want to show her face but said she was horrified when she saw what was captured on her surveillance camera.

“I just started crying my eyes out, “ she said. “Seeing someone who doesn’t belong in your child’s room is very threatening. It’s very scary.”

Sharon was on her way out the door when she couldn’t find one of her wallets that was last seen on the family’s safe. She called her husband.

“We kind of went back and forth, ‘oh please tell me you’re joking, you didn’t move your safe?’ and he’s like ‘no really, I didn’t move my safe,’” Sharon said.

She then called police. Sharon checked the camera footage and saw the suspect was in her house on Monday morning while the family was away at work. 

“He sets his bag down, pulls out my jewelry box and just starts dumping all my watches into his bag,” she said.

The burglar tries to wipe the box clean and then shoves it underneath the bed. The time stamps on the video showed the burglar was inside the home for an hour and half.

“It’s terrifying. They know the ins and outs of your house. It’s almost like he knew where we kept our valuables,” Sharon said.

Just 10 days before, someone smashed a back door window. Sharon said police told her the incidents might be connected.

“They said someone was probably scoping out the scene and came back to finish the job,” she said.

Whoever it was may have revealed part of his identity — the suspect stole a Macbook laptop and changed the login information.

“He did change it to his name, Benjamin, so that’s all we know for now is some perpetrator named Benjamin,” Sharon said.

The family said they’ll be bumping up security inside and outside of the home. If you recognize the suspect in the video, call Crime Line at 1-888- LOCK-U-UP.

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