ABC News’ Steve Osunsami reports:
Home break-ins are all too frequent over the holidays, and the burglars often get away, but a North Carolina couple robbed while away on Christmas vacation is hoping their own detective work can crack the case.
After home surveillance video caught three men allegedly breaking in and robbing their Durham, N.C., home, Matt and Beth Robinson posted the video of the robbery on YouTube in hopes that the footage would help bring the crooks to justice.
“We moved here about five years ago and I put in a two camera system for the front and back doors because I work from home. It sounds strange to some people, but it’s not that expensive,” Matt Robinson said. “We can check the cameras on our cell phone. We can do stuff like that and we noticed that they weren’t working. [Beth's] dad called and said someone broke into your house,” Robinson said.
The video, published on YouTube on Dec. 31, just two days after the couple said the robbery took place, has since gone viral with more than 350,000 views.
In the surveillance video, one man was captured ringing the front door while two others sneaked through the back by kicking through the door on Dec. 29 at 8:30 p.m., according to the timestamp.
One of the men searched the living room and he appeared to be trying to lift the TV off of the wall but had no luck. He then turned his attention to cabinets and other drawers in the living room before peeking out the window to make sure the coast was clear.
“When they entered the home they did not notice the cameras. But they did manage to find this one eventually and cut it,” Robinson said.
Robinson said the men poured bleach all over the family’s computers hoping to disable the surveillance system, but it was already too late.
Robinson said the men stole an iPod, X-Box, a Netflix box and some cash.
The home surveillance system was able to capture clear images of their faces and the Robinsons say they hope that’s enough to lead to an arrest.