Watch: Doorbell cam captures mysterious lawn spray guy

October 25, 2017 07:48 PM

A tiny security camera installed above a home's doorbell captured a 30 second clip of video that has the homeowner concerned.

The video was recorded September 29. It shows a man randomly spraying a chemical on the front lawn. He's not wearing any protective gear or any clothing that indicates who he works for. The video was shot from the security camera attached to the home's doorbell. 

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Jill, security camera captured strange event on front lawn: "I was a little freaked out. I was like who is this guy in my yard?"

Jill is the homeowner. She lives alone and she's nervous about what happened so we agreed to hide her face. She said she never hired anyone to spray her lawn and neither did her neighbors.

Jill: "It just seemed very bizarre and very random."

At the time, she says Rochester Police shrugged it off as a mistaken address. In other words -- the guy sprayed the wrong lawn. But two weeks later, her grass was dead in the same random pattern that the mystery man sprayed. He even sprayed three spots along the side of the house and killed a perennial bush. 

The homeowner called police again, RPD started a report and call it criminal mischief. 

"Does anyone know this person? He was shown on her front lawn spraying it," said Mary Coffey, president of the North Winton Village Neighborhood.

The homeowner posted pictures to the neighborhood's web page. There is no other similar damage like in the area and so far no one recognizes the man.

Jill: "I know it's not a major crime but it is a crime and it's not just affecting me as a property owner I think it affects all of us because it could happen to any of us."

Wednesday, I went to talk to security expert John Romero. He owns Keystone Security Systems. He explain how the doorbell camera works.

John Romero, Keystone Security Systems: "You push the doorbell and it rings the phone and the phone says your door bell was pressed at 10:55:32. See who's at the door."

Whether you're home or not you can see who is at your front door and talk to them through your phone.

On Friday, I asked RPD if they have any other cases like this in that neighborhood around North Winton Road. The answer is no. Today I asked for an update on this homeowner's case. The chief's office told me they're checking.

When I did my investigation where we sent a questionnaire to people in state prison for burglary, many of them said they would knock or ring a doorbell to see if anyone was home before breaking in. 


Berkeley Brean

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