Watch: Viral video of suspected burglars that victim wants EVERYONE to watch – Birmingham Live
This was the chilling moment two hooded burglary suspects march up towards a front door – attempting to prise it open using huge pliers.
The footage was captured via CCTV outside a home in Wallheath Crescent in Stonnall, between Aldridge and Shenstone.
It shows the moment the duo – both wearing grey hoodies while attempting to keep their faces covered – try snapping the door handle, walking to and from a blue Ford Fiesta ST to grab tools.
However, failing to snap the door handle off, the suspects flee the scene.
The incident took place shortly after 1pm on Saturday, January 5.
And the homeowner, who has had to fork out £350 to fix the damage, said: “Myself and my wife were out at the time and I dread to think if we were in and had opened door. I know what I would like to have done, though.
“Rural crime on the outskirts of large cities is an epidemic, which gets mostly ignored.
“It is unacceptable that this is not the first instance in the area and so far nothing has visibly been done to calm the emotions locally.
“The police think believe they could have targeted my red Audi S1 and they turned up in a stolen Fiesta ST with cloned plates.
“To replace the damage and lock on just that one door has cost me £350, which the home insurance will not cover.
“I trust the law and would like to see judges and magistrates not give leniency when sentences are given out.
“These are gangs, organised and have no principles or morals and are pure career criminals.
“I fully recommend getting anti-snap locks fitted, though.”
The CCTV footage, which can be viewed at the top of this page, has gone viral with more than 65,000 views on Facebook.
Staffordshire Police confirmed an appeal is underway.
A spokesman said: “The officer in charge of the investigation is aware of the CCTV and stills being shared on social media over the weekend.
“Anyone who recognises the men in the footage, or has any information that may assist with the investigation can contact 101 quoting incident number 314 of 5 January.”
PCSO Andrea Horsnall said in an alert to residents: “A dark blue Ford Fiesta pulled up in front of a secure, detached property on Wallheath Crescent, Stonnall.
“The vehicle is believed to have been using cloned plates.
“The driver remained in the vehicle whilst two white males got out of the car and knocked on the front door at the side of the property.
“When nobody answered, they attempted to snap the lock to gain access.
“A neighbour disturbed them and they made off in the Fiesta.
“If you have any information about this incident, please contact Staffordshire Police on 101 and quote log 314 of 05.01.19. Thank you.”
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