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SCMPD seeking help to identify would-be burglar

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The Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department's Southside Precinct detectives are seeking to identify a man they want to question about a burglary attempt that happened early Monday.

When police responded to a security alarm at the residence on the 400 block of Edgewater Road, they discovered the door had been kicked in while the homeowners were away. Next, officers cleared the home and secured the residence.

The suspect reportedly kicked at the door before realizing there was a surveillance camera and fled the scene. 

The family's security system has a doorbell with a camera attached to it. The video shows the suspect approaching the home twice. The first time, the suspect rings the doorbell and then takes his phone out to use as a light to get a better look at the doorbell. When he realizes it's a camera, you hear him swear and then run off. Then, he comes back with a shirt over his face and then steals the camera. The homeowner believes he took it thinking no one would find out it was him, but the family already had the evidence at their fingertips.

"Whenever the stuff happens, it tells us. These are the two cameras. Right now, this is inactive until they come and fix it, and this is live in my house right now," said burglary victim, Chanell Poacher.

This is the second time someone has broken into their home in the three years they've lived here. They installed cameras after their home was broken into last year. An investment that they say was well worth it.

"I mean, what if someone had kicked the door in on my kids,” said Poacher.

This mother of three says luckily no one was home last night when an intruder busted down their back door after stealing a surveillance camera on their doorbell.

"We don't recognize him at all,” said Poacher.

He can take the camera but says he can't hide the evidence.

"Vivint is a great system because you can actually see everything from your phone. I can see the footage. I can see him standing there and the alarms didn't go off until he tried to kick in the door,” said Poacher.

Poacher installed this camera along with a full security system almost a year ago after someone broke in through their back window.

“And there are signs in the front that say Vivint, we have an alarm system, so it's not like it's not there,” said Poacher.

The signs may not have stopped another intruder but she says the alarm that was triggered did. And now, she's looking at how she can upgrade her home protection plan even more.

"They are coming out to replace the camera and put better cameras on the side,” she said.

Poacher immediately turned over this footage to police who are now asking for the public's help to identify and find this man.

Surveillance video footage is available here:

Anyone with additional information about this case should contact 911 or the SCMPD tip line at 912.525.3124.

Information may also be forwarded to CrimeStoppers at 912.234.2020. Tipsters remain anonymous and may qualify for a cash reward.

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