CCTV captures gang of burglars breaking into family's home with crowbar
A gang of burglars have been caught on CCTV breaking into a family's home in Birmingham, by prying the front door open with a crowbar.Video shows two men, one in a dark balaclava and the other in a hooded top and face mask, forcing open the front door of a house in Hall Green.
Despite setting off the alarm, the two burglars entered the property and spent 90 seconds inside before fleeing the scene.
The homeowner's family were all out at the time of the break-in, which happened on Studland Road in at around 7.45pm on October 21.The homeowner, who asked to remain anonymous, said the third man "made eye contact" with his next door neighbour who then rang 999.
He said: "I had a notification on my phone to say the alarm was going off. By the time I got home, the police were already there."
The residents returned home to find the bedroom "turned upside down", with clothes pulled out of the wardrobes and shoeboxes emptied, however, nothing was stolen.The homeowner said: "I spoke to my next-door neighbour who said she came out and had eye contact with the guy standing on the drive, the watcher.""You can see on the video he goes up to the door and shouts for the others, then they run off," they added.
They also believe there was a fourth person waiting in the car. The homeowner said: "They were only in there a minute-and-a-half but they turned the main bedroom upside down, possibly looking for cash or gold."
"It's definitely a wake up call for me. It's a really dangerous world we live in now. These people need to be stopped."A spokesperson for West Midlands Police said: "We were called to a burglary at a home in Studland Road, Birmingham at about 7.45pm on Thursday, October 21."We understand how upsetting break-ins can be and officers have carried out door-to-door enquiries and reviewed CCTV as part of our investigation."