An Austin homeowner is offering a $1,000 reward for the arrest whoever repeatedly kicked at his backdoor before breaking the handle and gaining access to the property on Saturday.
The break-in was captured on home-security video, as were the loud barks from a small brown dog and the piercing ring of the burglar alarm. The three-minute siege ends with the two shadowy figures fleeing from the scene.
Homeowner Joel Landau said he bought his video security system two years ago, but this is the first time he had to use it. When his home was attacked, he watched the events play out online.
"He kept on kicking, and eventually he hit it with his shoulder and the screws that I had replaced they didn't actually give out," said Landau, describing what he saw online, "They tore through the wood and knocked the whole frame out."
Landau described how it played out in real time.
"I'm at my office, dial 911 and I'm talking to the 911 operator describing what he looks like," said Landau. "I was telling them how many there are, where he's standing as the police are already on their way."
The police was there within a matter of minutes, but the burglar had gotten away - with nothing, except a repair bill for the owner who is on a mission to find the star of his latest home movie.
"Somebody knows this guy. Somebody probably doesn't like him enough to pass on a $1,000 reward, so I'm looking for you," said Landau. "I'm looking to give a thousand bucks to get that guys name, address or anything that APD or sheriff's department can use to arrest him."
According to spotcrime.com, there's been four home burglaries and one theft reported since March 17 within three blocks of this east Austin burglary.
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