'What the hell are you doing?' Texas man spooked would-be burglar trying to saw through door – Chron
A would-be burglar had no shortage of confidence when he used a buzz saw and hammer during a break-in attempt in Galveston County recently.
The man cut and pounded at the door with his tools, creating sparks and banging noises, when a voice came to him. A spirit from above? His own conscience, perhaps?
Neither. It was the homeowner who saw him on his Ring doorbell camera, shouting at the man through a two-way talk feature on the device.
"Yo, dude, yo, what the hell are you doing?" the homeowner said in the video released by Ring. "[Expletive] was just trying to break into our beach house."
The burglar took off when he heard the voice, but not after damaging the home, according to Ring spokeswoman Savannah Bigley.
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She said Ring's motion-sensing technology alerted the homeowner as soon as the intruder stepped on the property. The homeowner then shared the video to the free Neighbors app by Ring, which helps nearby residents keep track of crime information.
The release of the video comes one day after the Houston Police Department announced a partnership with Ring, which has been growing rapidly since its inception in 2012.
Houston police officials said during a Monday press conference that they believe the devices will help stave off crime and build trust in the community.
"We need all the help we can get to understand what's going on with crime, where it is, and how we can address it," Diana Poor, HPD's deputy director of planning, told the Houston Chronicle.
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