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Caught on surveillance video: Man appears to be casing Chula Vista home

Posted at 8:25 PM, Nov 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-15 23:25:51-05
CHULA VISTA -- A South Bay family believes their surveillance cameras captured a man casing their home – with a mystery object in his hand - while they were inside.
           
Now, they're sharing the video to warn neighbors.
 
Along Heatherwood Avenue in Chula Vista, cameras recorded a visitor behaving oddly.
 
“He's definitely not up to something good,” said Sandra.
 
Sandra, who asked us to hide her identity, said around 8:30 p.m. on Sunday, a stranger appeared at the locked gate feet from her front door. In the video, he was seen peering past the gate, staring intensely.
 
“He's looking to see if someone is in the house, into my mother's room I believe,” said Sandra.
 
 Cameras also showed the man looking back toward the street, looking nervous.            
           
10News showed the video to security expert Jeremy Johnson, who heads Silverstrand Technologies. He believes the man was holding a glove or stocking in his right hand, useful for punching through windows and touching things without leaving fingerprints.
 
Sandra has a motion sensor surveillance system, and it appears when the man stopped moving, the camera stopped rolling. The next video was from about a minute-and-a-half later, from a different camera. In that video, a truck is seen driving slowly away.           
 
Sandra believes her “Beware of Dogs” sign, and the sound of her dogs barking, may have made the man think twice.
 
Sandra posted the video on several social media sites in hopes of getting the word out on the stranger at her gate.    
    
Johnson said the man didn't strike this time, but burglars go where they're comfortable and will likely be back in the area.
 
Johnson suggests placing signs making it clear to burglars that you have cameras and they should move on.