Surveillance cameras and a loud house alarm were not enough to scare off a burglar in San Jose's Santa Theresa neighborhood early Tuesday. The homeowner locked herself in the closet as the man forced his way into her home at about 2 a.m. and looked around.
“It was like the horror movie nobody wants to watch because it gives you nightmares, it's like that,” Heidi Quezada said.
Quezada has three surveillance cameras outside of her home that are noticeable when you walk up to the front door. She also has stickers on the doors leading into her home from the security company. Instead of leaving, the man took 10 minutes trying to find a way in.
The man tried the front door, and hopped over the back fence, before forcing her back glass sliding door open. Her house alarm went off and Quezada locked herself in the closet.
“By then I was already on the phone with 911 and [the dispatcher] said just stay put, the officers are on their way,” Quezada said.
The man calmly looked around the house, and eventually tried to open her bedroom door.
“This is when I got scared because I thought he was going to come in and right here is where I yell,” she said looking at the video.
“I ran to the door and just started screaming, ‘get out of here the police are coming and they're going to shoot you," she said.
The suspect then ran away.
Since then Quezada changed her locks, put more locks on her sliding glass door and bought a gun for protection.
The man left empty handed but is still on the loose. Anyone with information on the suspect is asked to contact the San Jose Police Department at 408-277-8900.