Surveillance system scares away would-be package thief in Fulton neighborhood

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — A Richmond couple claims their hi-tech surveillance system scared off a suspicious person they believe was casing their house.

“I want to alert people to what’s happening,” said Fulton neighborhood resident Dania Jennison. This Thanksgiving, she and her husband, Lane, say they are grateful for the video doorbell keeping an eye on their property.

They were both at work Tuesday when a stranger showed up at their front door on Bunn Avenue.

“I got the alarm sound coming into my phone,” Lane Jennison said.

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The would-be package thief pushed the video doorbell, sending a live video feed to Jennison’s phone where he could watch the entire time.

“(The man at the door) had a hood on, drawn very tight and gloves on, which was pretty out of character.” Surveillance video shows the hooded man standing on the front porch, checking out the packages sitting by the door.

“I opted not to have any dialogue,” L. Jennison told 8News. “I was waiting to catch him in the act before I yelled at him. He seemed like he didn’t know what to do.”

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After noticing the video doorbell and cameras installed, the man took off, but not without returning for a second time.

“I saw some additional footage where, right after I’d stopped monitoring, he came back on the porch, then went around the side and was casing the windows,” said L. Jennison.

The man ultimately decided the Jennisons’ home was not the one to mess with, leaving once and for all after a few minutes passed. After the incident, the couple told neighbors to stay on alert.

“I’d hate for that to happen, especially for people who are not working during the day,” said D. Jennison.

The couple said they believe their surveillance setup alone was enough to scare the man away.

“The price can be a little high, but it’s so worth it for your safety, security and sanity,” D. Jennison told 8News.

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In the past month, several thefts have been reported in the Fulton neighborhood.

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