SAN JOSE -- A frustrated Cambrian-area resident is hoping the release of high-definition surveillance video will help catch a burglar who broke into her home in broad daylight Sunday just moments after she left on an errand.

The break-in occurred around 4:35 p.m., according to a timestamp on the video taken at Lily Leiby's home on Varden Avenue, north of Foxworthy Avenue. Surveillance images show a light-skinned man with short-cropped dark hair and graying temples and goatee, wearing a dark blue Nike shirt, blue jeans, sneakers and black fingerless gloves.

The intruder tries several approaches to pry his way into the back of the home, including driving his shoulder into the structure and using a shovel as a lever, along with generally pawing a rear wall. Leiby said the man eventually broke through a sliding glass door with a rock, then took watches and jewelry before fleeing amid a sounding alarm.

The alarm alerted Leiby and her husband, who had left the home 20 minutes earlier to take photographs in downtown Campbell. It was the second burglary they've had at their home in two years.

San Jose police took a report, but Leiby said she was told that short of catching the thief in the act, her case will likely be added to a pile of burglary cases to be investigated by an undermanned police burglary unit. She hopes the video will jog someone's memory, especially since the same suspect is thought to have committed other break-ins in the area.


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"He's been in the neighborhood and may have broken in other homes," Leiby said. "We want this guy to be caught and if we can get some of our things back, that would be great."

Contact Robert Salonga at 408-920-5002. Follow him at Twitter.com/robertsalonga.