Home Security Cameras Show Attempted Home Invasion

UPDATE (April 26, 2014 Saturday) -- The family tells 11Alive News that DeKalb County Police no longer believe that the two men they arrested in Scottdale on Thursday evening are the ones who tried to break into the family's house Wednesday night. The case remains open and unsolved.

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. (April 25, 2014 Friday) -- Seven minutes of terror. A DeKalb County family experienced the terror Wednesday night. As their home security cameras show, two men tried to break into their home while the family was inside.

Now, the family is fighting back, while the men, as of Friday night, are still on the loose.

This is just the latest time criminals have targeted the family's home -- and the neighborhood -- just outside of Avondale Estates.

This time the family's home security worked.

And they want the men caught.

"We were asleep upstairs" Wednesday night, said the wife and mother, Renee, on Friday. Renee asked 11Alive News not to identify her and her family.

And the noise of two men trying to break into the house, she said, suddenly woke her up, and woke up her seven year old child.

"All of a sudden, I heard this loud bang. And I thought, 'Oh my God, a tree is falling on the house.' So I said to my daughter, 'Get under the bed! Get under the bed!' And when I heard that loud bang, I thought, 'Oh my God, why is it banging again? Oh my God, it's not a tree.' I called 911. And I said, 'Hurry, please get here! Hurry!' And then all of a sudden the [home security] alarm went beep beep beep. And I thought they were in the house."

In fact, the alarm scared away the two men, but Renee and her child upstairs didn't realize that, at first. They thought the men were inside and about to burst in on them, as she and her child were huddled in the bedroom and on the phone with 911.

"And that was the longest seven minutes of my life that it took for the police to get to our house."

Police took a report.

Renee is hoping the video may help police catch the two men.

She recalls a couple of years ago, just before Christmas, their first burglary.

"Our house was wiped out of all electronics," and all the presents under the tree were stolen, as well.

Then there was another burglary attempt. Now this latest one. Their burglar-proof door was destroyed during the attack on their home Wednesday. But the door did its job. It delayed the would-be burglars from breaking into the house until the alarm scared them away. The family replaced the door Friday.

"We really dodged a bullet, here."

Renee, her family and her neighbors want the men to know, "I'm tired of the crime, I want to fight back, I want these perpetrators stopped. I want them to know that we are all going to stop this."

DeKalb County Police now have the video. And anyone who might recognize the men should call DeKalb County Police, 770-724-7850, or CrimeStoppers, 404-577-TIPS (404-577-8477), before the men can strike again somewhere else.


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