This is the moment when brazen burglars rummage through a house in the city – before they are eventually chased away by the family dog.
The opportunist thieves were arrested in the early hours of September 27 while searching a house on Cross Farm Road in Harborne.
Recordings from a “doggy cam” in the living room show the crooks, wearing Air Max trainers and balaclavas, combing the address with flashlights – before they finally run away with jewelry.
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Sarah, who lives with her partner Jordan, told BirminghamLive that her dog Tyson – a black Shih Tzu – woke her around 1:30 a.m.
“He circled and sneezed, which usually tells me he wants to go downstairs to the bathroom,” Sarah said.
âBut the strange thing: Tyson was more persistent than usual. And my other dog, also a Shih Tzu, woke up when he usually slept through the night.
âIt wasn’t until Tyson took me downstairs that I realized what was going on. There was a loud bang which I suspect one of them tripped over our mop bucket.
âThe next thing I realize – after getting my partner – was Tyson running after them.
“Jordan ran out too and found our dog on the street. But all three men escaped.”
Sarah added it was a “terrible experience,” but she is grateful that everyone, including her brave pups, is safe – “that’s all that matters,” she said.
Police are still searching for the masked men after a number of items were stolen from the house, including jewelry of sentimental value.
A necklace that Sarah Jordan had given for his birthday shortly after they got together was one of the takers.
Other trinkets were bought to celebrate moving together, get new jobs, and get their dogs.
“I know it’s a long way, but if anyone sees the jewelry being sold please let us know,” said Sarah.
A West Midlands Police spokesman told BirminghamLive: âWe are investigating a break into a house on Cross Farm Road, Harborne on Monday September 27th.
“We understand how disturbing break-ins are and our investigations are ongoing, including officials reviewing CCTV footage from the area.”
Anyone who has information can contact the police at number 101, quoting protocol 212 of September 27th.
Information can be provided anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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