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Mobile Police released surveillance photos of a suspect involved in a residential burglary which took place today in the 8400 block of Sterling Drive. The unknown suspect forced open a side door and took cash from a bedroom.

Fortunately, no one was home at the time of the crime, but the homeowner, who wished to remain anonymous, said the suspect stole his child's piggy bank money, as well as other cash kept in the home. 

The homeowner said he got a call from his home security system notifying him that the home alarm was going off.

His at-home surveillance camera immediately began recording as soon as the burglar kicked down the door - capturing a 30 second video of who he believes to be the man responsible for taking his children's money.

"For me to be a father of two little children, if I had come home and run into him, he might have a weapon or whatever, and took my life, and my kids could be without a father," said the homeowner. "So a situation like this, I wish it it wouldn't happen to anybody."

The homeowner said he's glad he caught this crook on camera, and he said he's going to be installing more surveillance cameras in and outside of his home in the future. He also encourages other homeowners across the Gulf Coast to do the same.

FOX10 News sat down with a local home security specialist to learn more about how these systems can keep you and your family safe.

Sandy Howard with Advanced Integrated Security in Mobile said home security systems are a hot commodity on the Gulf Coast.

He said his company sells some 50 security systems a week.

Howard speculates in this situation, the crook didn't stay too long, because of the alarm system in place.

"He wasn't able to set up shop, he didn't get as much as he could have, and the person, if god forbid is at home when this happens, has the piece of mind that the police are on the way. That the neighbors are hearing this go on, that somebody more than likely is going to come to their assistance, because of that alarm. Otherwise, had it been (an unprotected house), that person's inside, nobody knows about it, unless they saw the person actually kick the door in," said Howard. 

According to the Mobile Police Department's website, there were 2,878 burglaries in the city last year.

So far this year, the city has seen 227 burglaries, and within Precinct 4, where this crime took place, there have been 48 burglaries this year.

Anyone with information as to the identity and/or whereabouts of this subject is asked to call Mobile Police at (251) 208-7211, CrimeStoppers at (251) 208-7000 or text Mobile Police Intel at CRIMES (274637) and including the keyword “CRIME411.”

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