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HPD needs help identifying serial burglar caught on doorbell camera

HOUSTON – A man who may be connected to a series of home burglaries on the northwest side of Houston was captured on a home doorbell camera shortly before he disabled the device with a steak knife.

Police hope the public is able to identify the man seen in the video.

In the last month, the Houston Police Department has logged 19 home burglaries within 2 miles of the intersection of West Tidwell Road and Antione Drive.

It's unclear if any of the crimes can be attributed to the unknown man, who appears to be 20-30 years old and about 6 feet tall.

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"Yeah, it's kind of scary, and now my kids can't sleep," said a resident who asked to remain anonymous.

That resident, who lives at the Asbury Park Apartment Homes at 6200 W. Tidwell was victimized last Wednesday.

She said she watched on her cellphone, from work, as the unidentified man knocked on the door of her home and then pried apart her doorbell camera with a steak knife, in broad daylight.

"I had to trigger the alarm myself," the woman said.

The remote alarm trigger scared away the would-be intruder, but not before he broke a window out of her home.

"He may be connected to other crimes, home burglaries," investigator Ariana Gomez, with the Harris County Pct. 5 Constable's Office said.

Gomez is training this week with HPD's Investigative First Responders, who work criminal cases from beginning to end.

If you can identify the person seen in the video, contact Crime Stoppers of Houston at 713-222-TIPS. You will remain anonymous, and could earn a reward of up to $5,000.