UPDATE: A Chattanooga family wakes up to find burglars inside their home, but it was the homeowner's gun that he bought days prior that scared them off. 

"One had a tire iron and the guy that was demanding the money maced me and while he was macing me he was telling the guy with the tire iron to hit me because i wasn't complying with his demands," Andrew Buckland said. 

Buckland describes the intense moments early Thursday morning inside his Fairfax Drive home. 

"I leaned down and grabbed my pistol and I cocked it and got it all ready and the sound was enough to scare them off," he said, "It was money well spent. Even though I didn't get to fire it off, I don't want to harm anyone. I just want them to leave me alone." 

The entire incident caught by a surveillance camera Buckland says is hidden on his back patio. 

"The four of them kind of huddled together and I guess talked about how they were going to do it. One had the can of mace in his hand and put it in his pocket, the other took the crow bar and wrapped it up in his shirt and then two kicked in the door and then went on to, I guess, the next house, as the other two went into my house and proceeded to rob me," he said. 

The burglars may have gotten away empty handed but they did rob this family of their sense of security and this is something Buckland says you can't put a price on.

"My daughter has a birthday coming up. We're just trying to have nice holidays and get stuff for our family and then this happened. It just kind of puts a damper on everything," Buckland said. 

Chattanooga police need your help finding these guys before they strike again. All four are described as being white males in their late teens. 

If you have any information that can help this investigation, call them at 423-698-2525. 

PREVIOUS: A Chattanooga man fought back against some teens who decided to break into his home and spray him with mace early Thursday morning.

Chattanooga police responded to the home in the 3800 block of Fairfax Drive around 3:15 Thursday morning.

The victims told police two unknown white males wearing masks kicked in their back door and ran towards their bedroom where they sprayed the man's face with mace.

The couple, a man and a woman, said they followed the suspects' demands and got down on the bedroom floor. While on the floor, the male homeowner grabbed his sub-compact pistol. Once the suspects saw the victim with the weapon, they fled the house without stealing anything.

The two suspects fled through the back yard with two other individuals.

The suspect descriptions provided are as follows:     

  • W/M, 5’11-6 ft tall, late teens, wearing all white.
  • W/M, 5’11-6 ft tall, late teens, wearing all black.
  • W/M, late teens, wearing a hoodie.
  • W/M, late teens, wearing a hoodie.

Chattanooga Police ask anyone with information regarding this investigation to call 423-698-2525.