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Southeast Austin attempted armed burglary caught on camera

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More than four hours of frightening video captures three men trying to break into an Austin home, one of them armed, all while a woman is inside alone.

It was at Woodlands 2 Condominiums where a burglary attempt took place last Saturday.

One of the residents had three cameras rolling when the burglars came knocking. Kicking and armed, you can see three men trying to break into a condo. But what they don't know is their every move is recorded.

More than four hours of video from three different cameras shows the moments before, during and after the incident.

The first camera catches the men scoping out the condos. Hours later they go up to one of the doors, kicking it several times. They kick it so hard, you see the camera shake.

"If you feel like something is not right, then most times it isn't. So I would not open the door, I would call police," said Sr. APD Officer Jermaine Kilgore.


Authorities tell FOX 7 a woman was home alone at the time. After the first attempt to kick in her door, she called her boyfriend for help.

Moments after he arrived, the two moved a shelf as a barricade to keep the would-be home invaders out.

Just an hour later, you see the men come back again creeping near the window. This time you can clearly see one of them is armed with a gun.

"Most times burglaries don't involve weapons, most times burglars come by when they know you're not at home. They are not expecting a confrontation, nor do they want a confrontation. They merely want the property or valuables that are inside the residence," Kilgore said.

After another attempt at kicking down the door, they run off through the parking lot.

Police say no arrests have been made but they are looking for a white man who was last seen wearing a brown shirt.

They hope more home-invasion burglaries can be prevented.

"If someone rings your doorbell or tries to access your property, maybe turn the light switch on in the house. Let them know that you're there," Kilgore said.

To keep from falling victim, police say you can also put a timer on your lights so they turn on and off at a certain time. If you're leaving out of town, it's a good idea to have your neighbor pick up your mail so it doesn't appear like you're gone.

In October Austin Police responded to 555 burglaries. That's slightly higher than September when there were 517.

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