Homeowner uses doorbell speaker to spook would-be burglar on roof

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SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash. — When a Washington state homeowner’s security system told him someone was in his house, he took quick action and drove the man away.

James Goldman has a security system that allows him to talk through his doorbell. He used it to scare the would-be thief off Friday, according to KCPQ.

Goldman was away from home when he received an alert on his cellphone that someone was ringing his doorbell. When he checked his security camera online, he saw a man knocking on the door. He didn't look familiar.

"It's a guy at my door that doesn't look like he should be there," Goldman said.

The man left, only to return a few minutes later wearing gloves. He hopped on Goldman’s roof.

The homeowner could think of only one thing to do.

"I was yelling at him through the doorbell," Goldman told KCPQ, saying he told the burglar he was calling the police.

The yelling startled the thief, who left—this time for good. Goldman wonders if the burglar is the same one who’s been stealing mail from his neighbors.

"Your best defense is to lock things," Goldman said. "Maybe he wouldn't have gotten into my house, maybe he would have given up since my windows were locked."