Man caught on camera attempting to break into Providence home

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – An attempted robbery in Providence’s Elmhurst neighborhood was caught on camera Sunday, and neighbors believe the same man is responsible for other break-ins in the area.

Natasha Nicholas and her fiancé, Colin, were on vacation celebrating their engagement when they received notifications to their phones from their Ring security system that there was movement on their property.rin

“The notifications have been cats, wildlife, you name it. This time I happen to look and I see two and they’re both from my garage and I just had a really bad gut feeling,” Nicholas said in an exclusive interview with ABC6.

When she looked at the camera, she said she saw a man with a rock and a screwdriver in hand trying to break into their Sharon Street home.

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“I was able to yell at the intruder via my phone, and tell him to get off my property,” Nicholas said. “I hit the siren button multiple times, and I was yelling to my fiancé to call the police and to try to hit the siren on his phone too to do everything we could do.”

The man, who was wearing a white t-shirt and beige shorts in the footage, ended up leaving the property without getting inside.

Nicholas posted about the incident in her neighborhood Facebook group and has since heard from others that this isn’t the first time this has happened there.

“In the past, he’s been brazen enough to push in AC units, as well as try to gain entry through other methods, try to go through garages… and he’s been successful with a few. With others, people have been home and able to catch him in the act,” Nicholas said. “From what I understand, what neighbors have told me, he’s taken jewelry, technology, small cash grabs.”

She believes he lives in the area and might have fallen on hard times due to the pandemic.

“I think that it’s really frightening that people are turning to more crime and stealing from others in order to support themselves during this time for, you know, whatever reason, but I think there’s a direct correlation.”

Providence Police are investigating, but haven’t caught the man yet. While the couple is grateful they invested in security systems, it doesn’t ease their minds that this man could come back.

“It’s very disheartening, and, you know, makes us nervous to go away in the future. Obviously, this guy has nothing to lose so that makes it all the more concerning that they haven’t appeared to catch him after this many times.”

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