Video doorbell thwarts theft attempt in Old Louisville

VIDEO: Ring doorbell captures man throwing item at home
Published: Mar. 8, 2018 at 4:27 PM EST|Updated: Mar. 8, 2018 at 4:50 PM EST
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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Surveillance video taken from an Old Louisville home shows an alarming scene unfold on the front porch.

The video was taken on West Ormsby Avenue around 10 p.m. Tuesday.

The footage was captured on a Ring video system, an increasingly popular safety device that allows homeowners to see who is on their front porch.

In the video, the suspect is seen picking up bricks from the porch, then throws them at the home.

"It's pretty upsetting and I've seen the video enough," home owner Walter Culpepper said.

Culpepper said he's disturbed by the footage capturing a stranger attempting to break through his front door. He told WAVE 3 News the bricks were intended to hold down benches from blowing in the wind, not as a tool for the crime.

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Culpepper has shared the surveillance video in hopes that someone will be able to identify the stranger attempted the break-in.

Councilman David James has been notified of the incident and encouraged residents in District 6 to consider home video surveillance.

"People have upgraded their security systems to get better equipment for their homes which provides better evidence for the police," Councilman James said.

Culpepper's system sends a notification to his phone when it detects motion. The Ring doorbell costs between $180 and $500 and even the least expensive option has infrared night vision.

This is the first time Culpepper's system captured a crime. When it detected the stranger, it began recording, showing the man moving away from the house and turning down the street towards Garvin, according to Culpepper.

The porch light at the home was off during the attempt. Now the family wonders how much clearer the images would be if the light was on.

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"Whether it's grainy or not it still is an effective tool because the perpetrator may have a certain type of shirt or hat," WAVE3 News Safety and Security Expert D'Shawn Johnson said.

Johnson added if the video captured a person's face or distinguishable character police can use it as evidence. Culpepper is hoping his video is enough to lead to justice.

"I think the whole thing lasted about a minute," Culpepper said. "For my wife, she told me it seemed like half an hour that someone was threatening the home."

LMPD was notified, but the suspect ran away before police arrived. If you have any information call 574-LMPD.

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