Frightening Video Of A Home Break-In

A surveillance camera captured a pair of burglars as they attempted to rob an Orinda home.

The images are frightening. A car pulls into a driveway. Two women get out and walk to the door. They stand waiting for someone to answer. When no one does, they return to the car and two men get out. Hiding their faces from the camera they obviously know is there, they go to the door and one smashes it with his foot until it opens. They go in the house, and run out a few seconds later, empty handed. The car drives away. The camera keeps rolling for two minutes. 

The video was posted on YouTube from an Orinda neighborhood. This is why it's a good idea for neighbors to watch out for any suspicious-looking activity. 

KFrances February 03, 2013 at 08:10 AM
worth repeating.... THANK YOU MEN So glad there's still some real men left in CA that haven't been completely brainwashed by the indoctrination they received in schools, from the media & from the feminist hysteria that has gone after men & boys at every turn for the last 40 years. Glad these men know their guns, shooting ranges, good safety and have shared it with everyone here today - thank you men. There has been so little leadership...as the Bay Area's been thrown to a bunch of dangerous and bratty Collectivist know-it-alls who seem really selfish and think their End (Agenda) justifies any means including, as always, maligning, degrading and humiliating....not the criminals, but the citizens. It's UPSIDE DOWN. Thank you men for being honest and being leaders !
Chris J Kapsalis February 03, 2013 at 08:17 AM
I dont just say so, it was a fact. Someone locked their keys in their car I would have it open in no time. My first day on the job they had a floor safe they could not open. I asked if I could try. I had it open in 2 minutes. I guess it sounds like I am bragging, but trust me, I have major defesseincies in other areas, liek rubiex cubes and I aint all that great at chess. I like a chalange and how to get out of an impossioble situation. I usually thinkof things others dont. Used a hydrolic leg and rope to lift a 3' discounted dredging pipe in 15 feet of water in Alamda that wieghed tons, we connected it and save a lot of time and money. Usually they dont listen to me though, but the captain was all over my idea and it wroked. I am proud of this talent . Your average safe is easy to crack, but my point is secure your weapns , if a 7 year old can do it, others csn as well.
Chris J Kapsalis February 03, 2013 at 08:21 AM
I suggest shooting a 44 mag , then a .40 will feel like a pop gun.
XBerkeleyite February 03, 2013 at 03:31 PM
Thank you, KC, Bailey Lee and others for your advice and encouragement. Though this occurred several yrs ago, I still haven't settled on a serious weapon beyond my outdated 38. Adding to the horror: a week later, the same 4 thugs, when interrupted invading a Piedmont home, killed the woman. I was lucky. Given home invasion uptick here, I would like a real man stopper, preferably AR 15, unregistered, noting current encroachment on the Second Amendment, BHO et.al.'s plan to disarm us. The break-in was traumatic on a deep primal level, a psychological "game changer" wake-up call for a complacent, blind-sided family. In that beautiful home, we never felt safe again, in spite of following the Inspector's guidelines. Get a dog? Our adopted family pet, a gentle, but aggressive if needed, German Shepherd Berkeley Police trained dog, [flunked, unable to transcend gunfire fear], was home. With a fierce guttural bark, the training to physically defend turf/master, she obviously put up a fight. Lying on the second story hall floor were long iron rebars used to prod/corral her into a room. I hope this never happens to any of you; it changes one, it especially changes your children. Mine, afraid to be apart, slept with us for weeks.
Fritz 'Congodog' Stoop February 03, 2013 at 04:26 PM
That's closer to 'do no harm', Dr. Lee!
Bailey Lee February 03, 2013 at 05:33 PM
No offense intended, Chris K. I just think your skill is rare and exceptional and not universal to children. Maybe a biometric gun safe is better. If all the guns are locked down with padlocks, etc behind layers of containment, then likely with all the adrenaline during an encounter, there would be a dangerous delay in reaching them.
Chris J Kapsalis February 03, 2013 at 05:39 PM
I don't break jaws of idiot drunks who think they are tough and I don't kill idiot thieves , possibly junkies, who would break in my house if I can help it. I have been in more than one situatioon where I was within my legal rights to kill , and did not. I will, if I have to, and I am pretty smart I like to think, so I see no reason for killing a man if there is another solution. But I admit sometimes there is no other solution and I also am not affraid to shot to kill if I have to. But as I said, it woudl be an extrodary situation that I would resort to killiing a man.. Others are trigger happy, others think they can shoot but can;t , and others freak out and close their eyes and fire and miss altogether, running back in fear ducking, even some police officers,as they fire and are fired at and that aint no good. I am a dead shot and have practiced at the range for ever and even won a marksmanship badge in boy scouts way back when they taught us to shoot and gudn safety, also have hunted and I am usually very calm in dangerous situations. I just would rather not killa person if I can help it. But iwll if forced to.
Bailey Lee February 03, 2013 at 05:40 PM
Thanks for your story, XB; hopefully hearing from a real victim might encourage a few ostriches to pull their heads out of the sand, though unlikely. When citizens care more about the criminals than honest people, something is very wrong here. Good luck and take care.
Fritz 'Congodog' Stoop February 03, 2013 at 06:35 PM
There are a number off things to consider as you assess the killing of another human. Even if they are forcefully in your own home. With the clock ticking in this once in a lifetime situation, the number of mitigating elements to this homicide is more than daunting. Unless you get them all correct, usually that includes someone actually being wounded by the aggressors, you will likely find yourself on the wrong side of the bar at your own homicide trial. When the bailiffs march you off to jail to start serving your sentence for say, Voluntary Manslaughter, if you're lucky, you wil think the criminal justice system insane. So, you could spend a few bucks and add some house 'hardening' devices and techniques and educate the family about locking the place up. Or you could purchase the 192 page "How to Own a Gun & Stay Out of Jail" at http://www.gunlawpress.com/. Written for Californians, it may be a bit much to page through under duress, so I'd commit it to memory before slaughtering an intruder. Most of these creeps want nothing to do with the people in the homes. The rare exception is the drug-addled psychopath who doesn't have a conscience. But even with these hollow specters of malevolence, unless they do certain behaviors and are armed with real weapons (not facsimiles), you might go to jail. It is a thankless, modern quandary. But it is extremely rare. A hardened exterior with an alarm system deters the vast majority of these punks. Cameras help too.
Chris Nicholson February 03, 2013 at 07:00 PM
Fritz, I disagree. What is the basis of your assertions here? This is not legal advice, but see: http://law.onecle.com/california/penal/198.5.html In the incident depicted in the video posted above, had the home owner been inside, I think he could have shot and killed the intruders with very little risk of going to jail. There is a presumption of reasonable fear that the DA would need to rebut. And, ahem, dead men tell no tales. A major weakness in CA law is that there is no explicit civil immunity so the real risk here is that the family of the deceased criminals could sue for money damages. I doubt that people in the heat of the moment weigh such things, but if they played things out in their heads in advance (as you suggest), there is a counterintuitive and perverse incentive for homeowners to leave no witnesses if they choose to use force. In Texas, where the rules are more clear, a home owner can make a common sense judgment on when/how much force to use without fear that leaving a wounded burglar will result in incarceration or bankruptcy. No rule is perfect, but I prefer a world where the violated home owner can make split second decisions without being second guessed by the police or an overzealous DA (or family of perps).
Fritz 'Congodog' Stoop February 03, 2013 at 08:05 PM
Chris, The world is far more nuanced and uncontrollable as you would like to think. Your 'force of will' prerogatives, usually confined to classes of privilege, barely scratch the surface of 'real world' facts and figures. Most of your thoughts, though well constructed, should begin with, "In a perfect world.....". Well, it isn't perfect. In fact, it is very far from that dreamy goal. It is teeming with under-educated, barely sustenance-level souls clamoring around to simply exist. They make up the majority of human life on the planet. They are so busy surviving, they have little time or interest for your fine points of reason and logic. Until societies figure out that inclusion as opposed to exclusion is among their driving principles, there will be laws that seem unbalanced when applied globally. You always bring to mind Kipling' "Jungle Book": "Now this is the Law of the Jungle—as old and as true as the sky; And the wolf that shall keep it may prosper, but the wolf that shall break it must die. As the creeper that girdles the tree-trunk, the Law runneth forward and back; For the strength of the Pack is the Wolf, and the strength of the Wolf is the Pack."
Chris Nicholson February 03, 2013 at 08:39 PM
Got it Fritz. So you were just making stuff up. When challenged, you reject reason and logic. Cnvenient. Nice chatting with you. Go 9ners.
Peter Kendall February 03, 2013 at 09:32 PM
In my biometric handgun safe (opens with my thumbprint) are both a Glock .45 caliber and S&W .357 (in case the Glock jams, which it never has). Redundacy is good, and so is diversity of action/mechansim, when seconds count.
KFrances February 03, 2013 at 10:30 PM
Kept fairly quiet in the news, a woman was raped and tortured (horrific) after she opened the door to a delivery of flowers she thought were from her husband (12+ years ago in an affluent town nearby) She was very pregnant and left left for dead. We don't hear about all the crime going on. I was shocked when I discovered the true crime rates at my UC campus. People need to be able to protect themselves & it's time to be honest against the destruction of this country by judges who are too lenient, legislators who are too removed and a media complicit with moneyed propoganda. This country belongs to the people, not the power structure who are motivated by corporate money (now international) and the thugs allowed to run free. Something's not right with this picture. And they want to strip guns from law abiding hard working tax paying American citizens - as they drone bomb hundreds of children in Pakistan - no way: http://www.nation.lk/edition/news-features/item/15368-the-children-killed-by-america%E2%80%99s-drones.html
Fritz 'Congodog' Stoop February 04, 2013 at 01:33 AM
Haven't made a thing up. Come by late some night in a ski mask and find out. My point is killing people is primarily hard on folks (not the victim as he/she has moved along), both psychologically and potentially in the criminal justice system. Blowing the brains out of an illiterate illegal alien's head to protect your trophies is more than harsh. I have an acquaintance that organized his neighborhood (about 150 families) and placed a series of cameras throughout. Monitoring can be done by any member of the group and the first sighting of a vaguely suspicious car or pedestrian and the cops are alerted by a system they devised. Spread over that many, it was inexpensive. They have not had a break-in since it has be in force. And no one died.
Dive Turn Work February 04, 2013 at 04:25 PM
Dive Turn Work February 04, 2013 at 04:26 PM
Yes. Everything in this world relates to Agenda 21. Sure, K, sure.
Dive Turn Work February 04, 2013 at 04:26 PM
Well, here's the dumbest comment of 2013.
Dive Turn Work February 04, 2013 at 04:27 PM
Don't live close to the interstate. Have a gate for your property. Own a gun. Don't do things I ain't go no sympathy for ya.
Dive Turn Work February 04, 2013 at 04:32 PM
If Tyrone, LaTanya, ShaNayNay, and Fred want your stuff, then they're going to take it. You can't protect your home 24/7. I'd accept that reality and move on. You can protect your person by being armed but that's about it. Peeps around here takin' life way too serious. It's just stuff. If they take it, so what. Buy new stuff. If they try to kill you for your stuff, shoot first. Simple. Done. Not really worried about things.
Fritz 'Congodog' Stoop February 04, 2013 at 04:43 PM
Beyond the slurs, DTW makes a point.
Dive Turn Work February 05, 2013 at 03:21 AM
No slurs. What slurs?
Dive Turn Work February 05, 2013 at 03:26 AM
Peeps who never exhibit tolerance want others to extend it to them. Hilarious. Funniest comments of the year.
Dave Enright February 05, 2013 at 05:25 AM
This case has ZERO to do with Oakland PD. They wouldn't touch this as it didn't happen in their city. This case would be the responsibility of the Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office to investigate.
Fritz 'Congodog' Stoop February 05, 2013 at 02:52 PM
I'd quit while I was ahead.
Dive Turn Work February 05, 2013 at 03:52 PM
You might consider taking it yourself.
anon February 07, 2013 at 06:51 AM
What part of Orinda? Kudos for having a security camera. I've always thought it would be fun to have one, even if it only captures small animals. :p
Bailey Lee February 07, 2013 at 06:18 PM
FYI: http://www.sfgate.com/crime/article/3-family-members-shot-in-Vallejo-break-in-4259983.php Guess they shoulda just called the cops and then beg for mercy and stall for time, right?
XBerkeleyite February 07, 2013 at 08:46 PM
@Bailey: Wait and pray that the wounds are not fatal, I guess. My sympathy to the victims. Vallejo has more than its share of crime and a stressed police dept. spread too thin. According to citizens' reviews, response to 911 calls can take as long as 45 minutes plus. Not much good in a life threatening, weapons related emergency. This incident is an example of the need for Castle Doctrine, and reason for defensive lethal force, in my view, not that one should take its application lightly. You never know how effectively you will handle something like this until it happens.
Bailey Lee February 07, 2013 at 09:39 PM
And reality keeps getting stranger and stranger... http://www.sfgate.com/news/crime/article/Massive-manhunt-on-for-ex-cop-accused-of-killing-3-4258047.php#page-2


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