The son of a Daventry couple burgled on Saturday afternoon has released CCTV footage of a man, who police say may have been armed, prowling inside their house.
The burglary occurred at a house on the Medway in the Grange estate between 1.30pm and 2.30pm, with items stolen including cash, jewellery and the CCTV camera itself.
Mr Phi Chong, a London-based developer, installed the custom camera in his parents’ home after their house was burgled last year.
Following the incident on Saturday, Mr Chong released footage as well as stills showing the man inside the house.
Mr Chong said: “The look on the guy’s face is priceless as he tries to figure out what sort of camera it is and where it’s connected too.”
The video camera recorded straight to online storage, meaning that even though the camera was stolen, the footage was still accessible.
The video, which has been widely shared on Facebook, shows a man with brown hair, wearing a blue top and tracksuit. He appears to unlock the back door of the house before spotting the camera.
The audio captures what appears to be two voices, indicating a second intruder may have been inside the property.
While the family home was ransacked, nothing of significant monetary value was taken, but Mr Chong has appealed for help in tracing two items of sentimental value.
He said:“My brother passed away and left a gold necklace and Buddha amulet. This was intended for his unborn son.”
Mr Chong’s sister, Siu-Lan Chong, added: “We are upset and angry this has happened, given the recent death of my brother we are all going through an emotional time.
“The thoughtless and irresponsible act of these criminals has had an enormous impact on our family and we urge anyone who knows or has seen anything to come forward.”
A Northamptonshire Police spokesman said: “Officers are investigating all leads, including CCTV footage provided by the home owner, and they would like to speak to anyone who many have seen any suspicious activity in the area around the time of the burglary.”
Anyone with information is asked to call Northamptonshire Police on 101 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.