SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Home security cameras catch a would-be thief in the act and now police are reminding homeowners to lock their doors.
A man wearing a ski mask walked up to Patrick Masur's house at 4:00 o'clock in the morning and tried to get inside.
Masur says it was a rude awakening when he got the notification on his cell phone.
"That morning I looked and I looked back and seen he tried to get into my house," Masur said.
Thankfully, Masur locks his doors.
"I used to leave my doors unlocked and now I lock them every night," Masur said.
But Masur says some of his neighbors weren't as fortunate.
"He went to my house and he went to all my neighbors' houses but you can see it on the edge of my camera, he walked to every single house on my block," Masur said.
In one case Masur says the burglar stole a wallet and some Christmas presents from one of his neighbors, who didn't want to go on camera.
Take another look at the video. You see the man carrying a little bag. Masur says it was filled with bath bombs that the thief took from one of his neighbors as well.
Police say break-ins are more common in the summer, but Christmas time is a prime time for thieves too, so make sure you lock your doors before you go to bed.
"It's easy to forget about it, but that's one of the things you really need to do especially if you have a bunch of presents under the tree," Sioux Falls Police Public Information Officer Sam Clemens said.
Even though Masur has the suspect on video, police say these types of crimes are sometimes hard to solve.
"It can be done, but the best thing you can do is to make sure your doors are locked," Clemens said.
Something Masur advises homeowners to do as well.
"I just can't believe they have the courage to try and walk into somebody's house because they don't know what's on the other side of the door," Masur said. "One of these times they are going to walk into the wrong house."