Surveillance video from a house in California showed five robbery suspects who broke into the property carrying guns -- and apparently unaware that the homeowner was watching their every move, police said.
The owner of the house in Fremont was looking at live security footage remotely and promptly called police Sunday night, Fox 2 reported.
Still, police said the group took off with electronic devices in hand before officers could arrive, the San Francisco Chronicle added.
The five intruders could be the same group who busted into another home in Fremont two weeks ago, holding two adults and a child at gunpoint while demanding they hand over their cash and jewelry, according to police. They said that in both cases, the suspects escaped in a dark-colored four-door sedan.
Investigators said it was odd that the suspects would try to break into the home between 9 and 10 p.m. Sunday. “Why would you hit a house and want it to be occupied?” Detective Michael Gebhardt told the newspaper. “One thought is, they want to know where the stuff is.”
Police released the video on Wednesday, saying they hoped people in the area might recognize the suspects. The security footage appeared to show one man's face. Another suspect wore a T-shirt with a design that witnesses might be able to identify.
In Sunday's incident, the unnamed homeowner was at dinner when his home security system sent him a motion signal alert on his phone, allowing him to view the live surveillance feed, police said.
The suspects got into the home through a rear patio door, investigators added. They said the group in the earlier home invasion entered through an open garage door -- and the residents held at gunpoint weren't hurt.
Fremont is roughly 10 miles north of San Jose.