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WATCH: Porch cams show man trying to break into homes

Home surveillance video captured a man trying to make his way into houses and even being stopped by a resident before entering a home in a California neighborhood, the Placer County Sheriff’s Office said.

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Home surveillance video captured a man trying to make his way into houses and even being stopped by a resident before entering a home in a California neighborhood, the Placer County Sheriff’s Office said.

The sheriff’s office released video taken Saturday around 5 p.m. from the homes in Roseville, California.

Porch cameras capture the man testing front doors in the neighborhood.

The first one is locked. The next home he came to was Dave Shank's.

From his office window, Shank noticed the man making his way up to the door.

“He was a little out of it,” Shank said. “Didn't seem drunk, but he could have been on something else because he was really wandering.”

The man is seen trying to open the door first, but it’s locked. Then he knocks briefly.

“I did open the door,” Shank said. “Maybe that was a mistake but he wanted to come in and use our bathroom.”

Shank was not about to let that happen and blocked the man as he tried to push his way into the home.

“He tried to step in the place, and I just shooed him away,” Shank explained.

Then the Shanks called for help.

“If the suspect was able to overpower the homeowner, it's really hard to tell what the consequences may have been,” said Lt. Nelson Resendes of the Placer County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff's deputies arrived in the neighborhood a short time later and arrested Andrew Ott, the person investigators said is seen in the home surveillance video.

“These cameras actually provide us with good evidence — good tips to attempt to locate the people involved,” said Resendes.

As home video surveillance systems have increased in their prevalence, they’ve increasingly helped law enforcement to identify suspects.

They also offer a sense of security for neighbors with the systems installed.

“We just recently got a Ring doorbell,” said Shank. “Serendipity, I suppose, about a week ago.”

The sheriff's office also credited people in the neighborhood for keeping a watch out for each other's homes — encouraging everyone to have good neighborhood awareness, or even a "good old neighborhood watch system."

For his part, Shank shared a warning for times when people don't recognize someone who's at their door.

“If you don't know that you're bigger and badder than that guy, don't open the door,” he said. “Just tell ‘em to go away.”

Ott was arrested and charged with attempted burglary and resisting arrest.