The east Houston mom has had cameras in her house for four years ago, but she says this is the first time they've come in handy. As for the crooks, they may be surprised at what they left behind.
It's not clear whether the thieves knew there were cameras recording at Trish Obregon's house right away, but clearly they figured it out.
"You can see where they snapped it apart," she said.
They took some cameras, clipped the cables to others hoping there would be no video evidence. They were wrong.
Two of Obregon's six cameras recorded the burglary.
A woman approaches the house first, a man walks by then two others go to the back. The interior camera picks up the rest, showing them breaking in through the kitchen door. One man casually unlocks the front door to let the woman in, and then they go to work. The system shows it happened around 11:45am Thursday.
Obregon says she was home by noon
"Everything was everywhere. My drawers were out," she said.
The house was ransacked, and anything of value was gone.
"They took all my jewelry, all my husband's jewelry, my safe with money, papers," Obregon said.
And the list goes on to include her son Pedro's iPad.
"I earned it, with my own money, I worked hard for it and they just came in and stole it," the 12-year-old told us.
Obregon has written off the material things but is now spreading the word and the crooks' pictures, doing everything she can to show her children there are consequences.
"I just want them to know these people will get caught," she said. "We work so hard for everything we have here."
Obregon did report the burglary to Houston police. She's working to replace her camera system and plans to add another security system, maybe even burglar bars.
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