BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A house was broken into one morning all while the homeowner was still inside the house.
It was storming and thundering outside around 8:25 a.m. Wednesday, when a silver Audi pulled up on Quail Oak Drive near Pennington in Baton Rouge.
"I heard a big boom, and I thought it was lightning," said homeowner Steven Miley.
Those "booms" he heard were someone trying to kick his door in. The only reason Miley did not hear the earlier knocks was cause he was in the shower.
"It was pretty scary to think I was in my shower and someone was actually in my house and walked down my hall and opened the door to my bedroom," Miley said.
When the intruder opened the door, Miley said he must have realized someone was still home so after three minutes inside the house, the suspect ran out.
"I was shocked. I look outside wondering why my door is open first off. Then I realized there's pieces of my door all over the place. Someone's been in my house," Miley said.
Problem is that Miley is actually the owner of Allied Security Systems and his house has surveillance cameras. On those cameras, the suspect was seen pulling into the driveway, knocking on the door, waiting and then going back towards the car. The video then showed the suspect reversed the car and backed it into the driveway instead, kicked in the door and wondered around the house. A few minutes later, he was seen running out and leaving.
Thanks to Miley's surveillance cameras, police were able to get a clear picture of the license plate and a description of the vehicle. As they were headed to find the suspect, they spotted his car on the roadway. When they tried to pull him over, police say, he took off.
"He sped away, lost control of the car and hit a brick sign. Officers got him out the car and saw that he had his son inside the car," said Cpl. L'Jean McKneely with the Baton Rouge Police Department.
The suspect's 5-year-old son was handed over to his grandfather.
Frederick Jackson, 26, was arrested and charged with several things including flight from an officer, theft and two counts of burglaries. Police say that was just one of the homes he tried to break into.
"He admitted to burglarizing both homes and we booked him in jail because of that," said McKneely.
Officers said they found stolen electronics in his car. The car was one Miley said he would never expect to be roaming his neighborhood trying to break into a home, especially his own.
Now, Miley is left fixing his door, but thankful his security system helped police arrest and lock up the suspect.
Police said some things to keep in mind to avoid becoming a victim: always make it look like you're home by leaving lights on and use your alarm and cameras systems all the time even if you are home.