Suspect caught on video stealing from Winston-Salem home

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Rugs, candlesticks and pillows are not the most prized possessions in many people's home, but Holly Stack believes they could be the key to stopping thieves from hitting Winston-Salem's Ardmore area.

Wednesday morning, thieves took candlesticks from her porch on Miller Street for the third time since June.

"After that happened, it definitely changed the way I viewed my safety and I think having a child made it a much more importation situation to secure," said Stack.

This time though, she was able to get video of the person who crept up to her front door to take what he wanted from her porch.

"As soon as I saw that something was gone, I immediately knew I'm going to know who it is because I have it on video," said Stack.

She didn't recognize the slender man with a distinctive haircut, but shared the video with both police and her neighbors. She realized there were a handful of people in her neighborhood who are repeatedly victimized as well.

"I hope more people get the cameras," said Stack.

She used a DropCam which sends video through a wifi system to a server where the video is recorded. Stacks said that way even if the camera is spotted and smashed the video is protected. She is able to watch a live feed through her phone or go back and watch video when motion sensor triggers the system to record.

"It was really nerve-racking to see somebody that close in your personal space but it also just makes me angry," said Stack.

Stack is encouraging her neighbors to share the video to see if someone recognizes the person on her porch.

Winston-Salem police encourage you to report all crimes no matter how small to help them determine if a pattern is emerging.

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