UPDATE 2/5/14 @ 5:20 p.m.
GALLIA COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) – Thanks to high-quality home surveillance video, investigators in Gallia County are questioning four suspects in connection with a home burglary this week.
Two burglars were seen on a home surveillance system breaking into a home on Route 218 in Crown City, Ohio. The surveillance video shows the men kicking the door open and casing a couple of rooms before leaving with laptops and a flat-screen TV.
“It immediately snapped a picture of that and sent it to the homeowner,” Chief Deputy Dick Grau of the Gallia County Sheriff’s Office said.
Deputies are now reminding people: protecting your house does not have to come at a high cost.
“People can do their own surveillance for very little money, and most homeowners would be surprised at how easy it is to do,” Grau said. “I believe this one was around $300, and I believe it was purchased at Best Buy.”
Investigators say a family member must have spooked the thieves, who dropped the laptops in the driveway and left the flat-screen TV on the porch before getting away. Grau tells WSAZ.com that the family is shocked by the break-in, regardless of how well their surveillance system worked.
“[They feel] violated, and I think that's a very normal reaction to these types of situations,” Grau said. “Very distraught, but very thankful that they have this equipment, obviously, in place.”
With a lower cost for home surveillance, investigators say they hope more people will choose peace of mind.
Gallia County Sheriff Joe Browning tells WSAZ.com his investigators are checking with other agencies to see if this break-in is connected with other burglaries in places like Lawrence County, Ohio.
Deputies say part of the reason these home systems are becoming more affordable is because homeowners do not have to pay a fee to an outside monitoring service. Instead, the system works through the Internet.
The break in happened about 11:15 a.m. Tuesday at a home on Route 218 in the area of 533, according to Gallia County Sheriff Joe Browning.
You can see on the surveillance video the men kicking in a door to the home.
There were dogs in the home, but they didn't scare the burglars off.
Browning says a family member scared the men away.
Browning tells WSAZ.com a room was ransacked, but the men did not get away with anything. He says a flat screen TV was found on the porch and laptop computers were dropped in the doorway.
The men got away in a white car, with what is believed to be a Fairland Dragons sticker in the right rear window.
Call the Sheriff's Office if you recognize the men.