Doorbell Camera Catches a Residential Burglary on Video

By Coco Wang

A man was recorded by a doorbell camera while allegedly breaking into his parents’ house and stealing items from his brother.

David Lane is charged with felony first-degree residential burglary after allegedly breaking into his parents’ house, then stealing a speaker and a baseball hat.

On Oct. 9, 2019, Mr. Lane allegedly rang the doorbell at his parents’ house in West Sacramento and kicked the door “late at night,” Deputy District Attorney Caryn Warren claimed in her opening statement. A doorbell camera captured him and alerted the homeowner, who was away at the time, via a phone app.

According to the deputy district attorney, the defendant allegedly climbed onto the balcony of his parents’ house, entered into his brother’s bedroom, and stole a speaker and a baseball hat. The defendant then proceeded to the basement and stuffed a leaf bag with wine, alcohol and miscellaneous items.

The deputy DA also claimed that the defendant’s family did not welcome his presence in their house and some of Mr. Lane’s family members will be testifying as witnesses.

The defense attorney remarked on the modern technology in his opening statement, stating how the video can only capture a singular viewpoint. He argued that the video captured by the doorbell camera of the defendant kicking the front door is only capable of providing the partial truth.

Although the defendant seemed aggressive in the video by plunging the doorbell and kicking the door, there was no dent on the door from his kick.

The trial will resume at 9 a.m. on Jan. 14, 2020.

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The Vanguard Court Watch operates in Yolo, Sacramento and Sacramento Counties with a mission to monitor and report on court cases. Anyone interested in interning at the Courthouse or volunteering to monitor cases should contact the Vanguard at info(at)davisvanguard(dot)org - please email info(at)davisvanguard(dot)org if you find inaccuracies in this report.

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