Burglar breaks in while Minneapolis family sleeps

Minneapolis Burglary Caught on Camera

MINNEAPOLIS - Imagine lying in bed, and watching from a smartphone app as someone kicks down the door, yells "police!" and barges into your kitchen.

"The most terrifying part is not knowing what to expect or what could happen," said Robert Fecik.

Robert and his wife Kristi were upstairs in their South Minneapolis home -- their three kids tucked in and sound asleep -- when they heard their gate open and close.

And then --

"Heard thunk thunk thunk -- thought it was someone knocking hard, then i saw the guy come right through the door. And Oh my gosh, he's in our house," Kristi said.

"It's terrifying not knowing what the intent of that person is whether its a simple robbery or whether they're looking to cause some sort of bodily harm," Robert said.

They called 911.

And from their smartphone app for their home security system, they activated a siren on the security camera. But that didn't faze the intruder.

"We started yelling over the stairwell, 'Get out of our house. We've called the police,'" Kristi said.

He finally scurried out of the home when he heard their voices -- confirmation to him that there was someone home.

Minneapolis Police spokesman Scott Seroka says it sounds like this family did the right thing - especially when a burglar tries identifying himself as "police."

"Call 911. immediately. if you hadn't called or requested police to come to your door, the chances are good that isn't a police officer outside your door," Seroka said.

This family isn't too optimistic police will catch this burglar. But they're hoping you can learn from their video, decide how you might handle that situation, and even decide what type of home security system would be right for you.

The Feciks use a newer system called Canary that costs about $250 per camera. They can monitor and control it from their smartphone.

Other companies offer more elaborate monitoring and call police for you if there's a break-in.

Meantime the Feciks have replaced their door, added another camera, warned neighbors over social media, and planned together what to do if this ever happens again.

"Right now I'd call 911 if someone's ringing the bell at midnight, and let police figure that out," Kristi said.

The Feciks say they would also make it more apparent right away that they are home, so the burglar flees right away.


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