Phoenix burglar caught on doorbell camera

Posted at 6:30 PM, Mar 31, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-31 21:30:21-04

A Phoenix homeowner says his possessions have been the target of the same criminal on multiple occasions, and he has the video to prove it.

Kevin Kwake says the suspect cleaned out his house in December, walking away with $7,000 worth of his things--including a gun and Christmas presents. 

After that, he installed cameras and put in a motion-activated doorbell with a camera, allowing Kwake to get a good look anyone who comes by.

And last week, when Kwake saw Cory Brown at his front door, he knew what was up.

“I couldn’t dial 911 fast enough,” he said.

Cory Brown seems to gravitate to Kwake’s home.

“What’s is it with this guy and what does he want with my house? This is the third time,” said Kwake.

The cameras recording Brown’s every move didn’t seem to bother him. You can see him ring the doorbell then run away. He then comes back and throws a brick into the kitchen window. 

Kwake thinks his three year old pitbull is what caused the bad guy to give up.

“I think that’s what ultimately deterred him,” said Kwake.

The added security doesn't help shake the feeling of being violated, knowing Brown’s been inside his home.

“It messes with your head,” said Kwake, who credits a high-tech doorbell he had installed with helping police solve the case.

“It’s a two-way radio and camera - so when someone motion activates or pushes the door bell it lets me know wherever I am,” said Kwake.

It’s that clear image that helped police get Brown off the street.

“They had this guy arrested in less than a hour. I hope the prosecutor looks at this guy and says 'We don’t need him on the streets burglarizing homes,'" Kwake said. "I’m not the only victim.” 

Brown was arrested and has been charged with burglary, police said. Court records show he was out on release for other burglaries at the time of the attempted break-in.