CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Most families don't have surveillance cameras in their homes, but Jim Walters installed a system after his home was broken into twice, and for one reason -- if his home got burglarized again, he'd catch the thief on camera.
That's exactly what happened last weekend. A burglar broke into Walter's south Charlotte house while he was on vacation.
Walters' cameras caught the burglar on videotape, which he's now posted on YouTube.
On the video, you can see the thief run right to the closet where Walters’ security system is kept. The burglar ripped it right off the wall, disabling the device.
Within 30 minutes, the thief stole thousands of dollars worth of jewelry and electronics.
Police said the videotape is invaluable.
"Normally in home break-ins there's no witnesses, but in this case we have a witness -- the camera," said Detective Ole Swinson.
Walters wasn't the only person burglarized on his block. His neighbors' home was also broken into.
Police said the same burglar is likely responsible for both break-ins and several more over the last few months.
Walters and his neighbors have put together a few thousand dollars as a reward for information leading to an arrest.
"Somebody knows who that is in the video, and we wanted an incentive to have them come forward," Walters said.