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Home security camera records man trying to break in while residents were inside

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) -- Fort Wayne police are searching for a man caught on a home's security camera trying to break in while the residents were inside.

"We just put the cameras up a week and a half ago," the homeowner said.

This is what those cameras captured at five in the morning Friday in Aboite Township.

The homeowner says she immediately woke her fiance who sprang into action.

"Jumped out of bed. Ran to make sure that for one, he was no longer there. And then when he went out the front of the house, he did see him running down the street," she said.

She says she called police, then posted the video on Next Door, Facebook and the Ring Neighbor apps to alert residents nearby.

Do you recognize this man? Fort Wayne police would like to speak with him.

What's particularly upsetting to her is that the man is holding something in his left hand.

Police say they can't determine what it was, but she's assuming the worst.

"Was it just to, I don't know, shimmy a door or in case he was startled? Or was it something worse? It's disturbing. I think it's shaken a lot of people. We have friends, family that they've immediately gone out and bought Ring cameras," the homeowner said.

Fort wayne police say in court, sometimes pictures are really worth a thousand words.

"It's very helpful, especially in prosecution. You want evidence? What better evidence is there than a video or a picture. That speaks volumes," Sgt. Jeremy Webb said.

Sgt. Webb says while he fully supports home security cameras, lights and other protective measures, sometimes nothing beats being aware of your surroundings.

"Neighbors are sometimes your best home defense because they kind of know what belongs and what doesn't. What's suspicious and what's not," he said.

The homeowner says she installed additional cameras and took other security precautions over the weekend, and hopes somebody will recognize the man and contact police.

If you know who this man is, you can call Crime Stoppers -- anonymously -- at (260) 436-7867 or or you can text your tip to the Fort Wayne police department using the P3 app.

Corinne Rose

Corinne Rose is a reporter for WPTA.

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