Police searching for burglar caught on home security camera

St. Petersburg Police Department is looking for a man caught on camera sifting through valuables inside a couple's home. It happened just before 2 a.m. Monday and the couple who lives in the house was in their bedroom the entire time.

Police said the suspect walked into a house on the 3800 block of 38th Street South through an unlocked door.

When he went into the bedroom, the man who lives in the house was waiting with a gun. But instead of firing, he told him to leave.

The homeowner has cameras set up inside the house. Video released by police shows the suspect walking around a living room wearing shorts and a light colored long-sleeved shirt. He had the lower portion of his face covered.

Police said the homeowner did not know the suspect and the apparent random nature of the crime has neighbors concerned.

"You definitely want to be able to protect your home, " neighbor Maurice Harris said.

Harris has a security system but is in the process of installing cameras in his own home.

Harris credits his neighbor for protecting his property by scaring off the would-be thief and having the restraint to not fire, even though police said he would have been within his legal right to do so.

"A warning to the person that did it. Turn yourself in because the next time it might not be that simple," Harris said.

Police are still looking for the burglar and are encouraging anyone with information to call.

The people who live in the house where this happened did not want to be interviewed for this story.

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