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Vista doorbell camera records after thief rips it from wall

Posted: 5:45 PM, Sep 04, 2018
Updated: 2018-09-05 00:45:30Z
Doorbell camera films as thief rips it from wall
Doorbell camera films as thief rips it from wall

VISTA, Calif. (KGTV) - A doorbell camera captured the moment a thief ripped it from the wall — and then kept on recording.

Bill Eldridge made the disturbing discovery at his home on Grapevine Road Monday morning.  

"Walked out, and I said, 'Hey, wait a minute.  That's not right,'" said Eldridge.

That was a missing Ring doorbell camera, the back plate torn from the wall. A look at his video revealed at 1:30 a.m., the final moments of a person removing the camera.

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What the thief may not have known was that the system is wireless. After the man detached the camera, the camera kept filming.  

In the video, the camera — pointed upward — shows a man in a jacket running off. The footage lasts a few seconds before it freezes.

His wife posted the video on the Neighbors by Ring app. Eldridge is filing a police report. 

A Ring spokesperson issued this statement:

"It's rare that Ring Doorbells are stolen given that a) they have proprietary security screws that secure them to the home, and, most importantly, b) the owner will have a Motion Alert recording of the thief as they are stealing the Doorbell. As long as the user has cloud recording set up (most Ring users do), they can share the recording of the theft with the police to try to catch the suspect and recover the Doorbell - as this homeowner seems to have done. Ring does offer lifetime Theft Protection as well. If a neighbor's Doorbell is stolen and they present the police report to Ring, Ring will replace the device free of charge. As for this specific video, our theft team is aware of the incident and is handling it."