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Man tries to break into a Norfolk home, is caught on camera instead

Posted at 8:33 PM, Aug 22, 2016

NORFOLK, Va. - A man tries to break into a Norfolk home, but the homeowner's surveillance system scares him away and catches him in the act.

Sabrina Long, the homeowner says seeing the photos give her chills and going to sleep Monday night will be harder than before.

"You think you're in a safe neighborhood until something like this happens," said Long.

Long told News 3 this isn't the first time her home has been broken into. On Saturday, a man captured by Long's surveillance camera can be seen ringing the doorbell twice. Once while wearing a jacket, then 10 minutes later he comes back without it.

"I'm really happy that no damage was done to the home, other than my sense of security," said Long.NF Suspect

Long said after ringing the doorbell the second time, the suspect jumps her fence and thinks he disabled the alarm system.

"Our air conditioning thing is back there so he cut the wires to the AC unit thinking it was the alarm system," said Long. Then Long said the suspect tries to kick in the back door, but fails and runs away. But he leaves Long fearful to sleep in her own house.

Now she wants neighbors to know what happened to her in case the suspect comes knocking.

"I just want to make the community aware that it's going on so it doesn't happen to someone else," said Long.

Long has met with Norfolk Police and plans on meeting with them again to give them all the photos from her surveillance camera in hopes of catching the suspect.

Since the first break-in at her home, Long has installed handles and security cameras on her windows to prevent thieves from throwing bricks at her windows and entering her house that way.

Long believes that's what kept the suspect from entering her house this time.