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Burglar caught on camera breaking into Rossville home

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Deputies are looking for a burglar in North Georgia who was caught on camera kicking his way in through the back door.

Hidden cameras captured the thief going room to room filling his backpack with personal valuables. The break-in happened Thursday, just before 11 o'clock in the morning at a home off of Hogan Road in Rossville.

Homeowner Rhonda Hicks tells Channel 3 she was able to watch the entire burglary live on her iPhone thanks to an app linking drop cameras hidden in her home directly to her phone.

The surveillance footage shows the suspect first knocking on the front door then peeking through the window to see if anybody is home,

"He just walked right up. It was 11 o'clock in the morning," said Hicks.

Twenty seconds later the man is seen kicking his way through the back door.

Hicks got the alert on her iPhone app. At first she thought maybe the message would show her cats being naughty, Usually that's all the cameras capture.

"Yea it was just a shock I couldn't believe it when I first saw it," said Hicks. "I just thought there is somebody in my house right now."

After 35 seconds in the back bedroom cameras show the suspect walking out with a backpack full of property. He walks back inside to clear the house one last time then disappears out the back door again, this time for good.

According to the time stamp on the cameras, the suspect was in and out in just under a minute and 10 seconds. Hicks says the burglar got away with several Kindle books and personal mementos that can't be replaced. Being a mother, she says she is shaken up seeing just how easily a stranger can force his way into a secured home.

"You hear about it all the time but until it happens to you or someone close to you...you really have no idea," said Hicks. "I'll feel much better when he is caught. Hopefully with all the news coverage and social media it will happen soon."

The suspect was last seen wearing an orange UT sweater, yellow backpack, blue jeans and black gloves off of Hogan Road in Rossville. If you recognize the man or know any information that can help investigators, call the Walker County Sheriff's Department.

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