- California police are hunting a man who licked a doorbell outside a house for three hours on Saturday and was caught on security tape.
- The homeowners were out of town at the time.
- The man, who police identified as 33-year-old Roberto Arroyo, can be seen licking the doorbell and occasionally glancing at the camera. He also urinated in the yard, police said.
- Police are still looking for Arroyo and said he could face two misdemeanour charges for petty theft and prowling.
Police in California are hunting a man who was caught on home-security tape licking a couple’s doorbell for three hours on Saturday.
The man, who police identified as 33-year-old Roberto Arroyo, was seen on security footage licking and rubbing his face on the doorbell in the town of Salinas at about 5 a.m., the local KION news channel reported.
The footage also showed the man “appearing to relieve himself in the front yard,” police told KION.
The couple living in the house were out of town, but they said their children were asleep inside. It’s not clear how old the children are.
Police are still looking for Arroyo and said he could face two misdemeanour charges for petty theft and prowling, according to KION.
Homeowner Sylvia Dungan’s home-security software, made by Ring, alerted her to the unusual early-morning activity by her front door. Ring’s security system sends live camera footage from outside the user’s house to their smartphone.
“I thought, boy there’s a lot of traffic,” Dungan told KION. “I go, 5:00 in the morning? My son doesn’t get home till 6 a.m. Well then, who the heck is that?”
She tweeted a photo of the man on Friday with the hashtag #doorbelllicker and the caption: “We had just installed our Ring doorbell just less than a month ago. It paid off.”
#doorbelllicker We had just installed our Ring doorbell just less than a month ago. It paid off. Our home is the doorbell that was featured on #LivePD, 1/05/19 episode. So funny. It was great. Should I remove my sign (over perp’s right shoulder)? I’m embarrassed for his family. pic.twitter.com/JKnYFd6i3F
— Sylvia Dungan (@jaycat13) January 6, 2019
Miguel Cabrera, an investigator at the Salinas Police Department, told KION, “We were pleasantly surprised that the image was so clear, to the point that it didn’t take us long to identify this individual.”
He added that the force knew who the perpetrator was because he had a history of misdemeanour offenses, including public intoxication, resisting arrest, and being under the influence of narcotics, according to the New York Post.
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