Neighbors fear late-night knocking is stranger casing area for future thefts

'Suspicious' man captured on surveillance video
Posted at 11:21 PM, Apr 26, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-26 23:21:39-04

People living in a Pasco County neighborhood fear a stranger, who was caught on home surveillance video, is scouting the area for future thefts. 

"It makes me feel really uneasy," said Ashlee Righi of Holiday. 

Righi was alarmed Sunday night as someone showed up unannounced banging on her front door. 

Several surveillance cameras around Righi's home recorded as the man waited outside her front door on Lullaby Drive in Holiday. 

"Was he going to push his way in, was he casing the joint by saying 'oh well I can see in your door, I can see what you have, I'm going to come back later,'" said Righi. 

Neighbors in the Buena Vista mobile home have recently reported late-night knocks and door bell ringing. 

"If it's at nighttime I don't answer the door, you know, because I have a family and I don't want to instigate anything," said neighbor Kevin Purcell. 

With summer approaching, Purcell fears the strange man captured on home surveillance is scoping the street for empty snowbird homes. Purcell tells ABC Action News, a majority of his neighbors travel north this time of the year. 

"We all have to stick together in the community," said Purcell. "The ones that are left here in the summertime to look after for our northern friends because I'm sure they would do the same for us."

No matter what the motive is, Righi is thankful her cameras are in place to record anyone stopping by after hours. 

"You got empty houses up and down, all the way through this neighborhood," warned Righi. "This area needs to be on the lookout."

Righi handed over her video and filed a report with the Pasco County Sheriff's Office who is now investigating.