A man is hoping footage of a burglar caught raiding his parents' home in Daventry, Northamptonshire, will help identify the intruder.
CCTV footage captured the moment the thief's jaw dropped as he spotted the security camera and starred directly into the lens. Footage then shows the man duck out of view and make off with the camera in a bid to remove the evidence.
Phi Chong, from Daventry, released the video online in the hope of catching the man who took cash, two watches and jewellery during the break-in.
The 30-year-old, who lives in London, installed the security camera in his parents' home after they were burgled in November.
Among the items taken were a gold chain, a camera and a Buddha amulet left by his late brother for his unborn son.
Inspector Phil Mills said: "We are investigating a number of leads, including CCTV footage provided by the home owner.
"We would like to speak to anyone who may recognise the man in the photograph or indeed anyone who may have seen any suspicious activity in the area around the time of the burglary."
"We believe he may have been carrying a weapon at the time of the burglary and would urge people to get in touch straight away if they recognise him," he added.