Man caught on security camera trying to break into home

Posted at 7:15 PM, May 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-07 23:10:14-04

GALLATIN, Tenn. (WTVF) — A man was caught on a security camera trying to break into a Gallatin home while the homeowner and her child were inside.

The homeowner, who didn’t want to be identified for safety concerns, said she was sitting on her couch around 10 p.m. Monday when she noticed her doorknob started to move.

“I was absolutely, terrified,” she said.

She turned on her Ring security camera and saw an unidentified man with no shirt lingering by her door. She didn’t recognize him and said he was acting strangely. He knocked on the door several times, and attempted to open the door, but it was locked.

The homeowner was able to communicate with him through the camera, and told him she was calling police. She reached out to Gallatin police and they arrived a few minutes later. The man lingered around the property for a few minutes, but he left by the time officers arrived.

The homeowner said the officer who arrived at her home recognized the man from the video and said he had a criminal background. She decided to share the video on the Hip Gallatin neighborhood Facebook page in an effort to warn her neighbors.

“I didn’t want him to go to someone else’s home,” she said. “The only thing protecting me from this stranger was my Ring doorbell, and the deadbolt on my door.”

Gallatin police said they did respond to the address. Officers attempted to find the man, but he was gone. They believe he had the wrong apartment.

The homeowner wants her neighbors to be aware the man could still be in the area. If you see him or any other suspicious activity at your home, call the Gallatin Police Department at (615) 452-1313.