Camera catches burglar go through home as family sleeps

AUSTIN (KXAN) — It’s one of your worst nightmares. Someone breaking into your home while you’re asleep and unaware someone is rifling through your home.

Kristin McLain says she and her husband were sound asleep inside their home in the Ridge at Scofield Farms neighborhood on Monday just a little after 5 a.m. They didn’t hear someone climbing over bags of mulch, yard equipment and two air conditioning units on the side of their house. They also didn’t hear someone opening the side window and climbing inside.

“He pried the screen off…bent the screen,” said McLain, pointing to the window through which the burglar climbed.

But security cameras inside the home got a look at the man.

The burglar used a flashlight in their living room and around the kitchen on the first floor. Then, after roaming for a couple of minutes, he walked to the foot of the staircase. The burglar then starts to walk up. The couple’s bedroom is at top of the stairs. But then, the video surveillance shows him staring at the camera before he begins to retreat.

“Maybe that was a factor: He saw the camera and said, ‘OK, let me just get out of here,'” said McLain.

The intruder walked out the front door, setting off the house alarm. The couple woke up and got of bed but still didn’t know someone had been inside.

“We looked around. Nothing looked like it had been disturbed. Nothing was missing. I think that’s why initially we thought it was a false alarm,” said McLain.

But McLain says soon enough she saw the curtains blowing from the open window and went straight to their surveillance footage.

“We saw him, and it was very, very creepy,” McLain said.

The homeowners think the man was in the home for just four or five minutes. Austin police came out to the home that day and dusted for fingerprints. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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