On January 21, at 10:00 a.m., upon hearing loud, repetitive knocking at her front door, a Torrey Highlands resident looked through the peephole and saw a man outside. She assumed the person might be a solicitor and decided not to answer the door or talk to him. Moments later, the woman spotted the would-be burglar on the side of her home, attempting to break in. She confronted the man, snapping photos of him with her camera. He ran past her, dropping a chisel in the process, and quickly fled to a waiting vehicle with another man in it.
Undaunted, the resident stood by the side of the street and continued to take photographs of the suspect. At this point, the driver jumped out of the car and confronted the resident, grabbing her camera and knocking her to the ground. Both men then fled the scene, taking the victim's camera with them.
According to Gaylon Sells, community relations officer with the SDPD Northwestern Division, "If you decide to take photographs of the suspect, which is always helpful for the police, please do so from a point of safety. Never place yourself in a position where the criminal can get to you."