Elaborate home video surveillance network helps catch would-be prowler
PORTLAND, Ore. - A Southeast Portland man came face-to-face with a would-be prowler at his front door in the middle of the night all thanks to an elaborate home video surveillance system. You could say he's the neighborhood watch.
Bob Spicher lives on Southeast Market Street in the same house his dad, Rober Spicher Senior, lived in for nearly 15 years.
"He kind of was the pioneer of the neighborhood," Spicher said about his dad.
Bob senior died in 2011. Bob junior decided he had to follow in his father's footsteps, looking out for his friends and neighbors.
"I was a victim myself, someone stole his bike and that's irreplaceable," Spicher explained.
So Spicher set up surveillance cameras. Over 14 months, and $9,000 later, he installed 32 of them. He even got permission from some of his neighbors to install cameras on their homes as part of the video network. The cameras watch the street 24/7.
Spicher watches what the cameras see from his living room.
"I noticed some movement on the monitor," Spicher said.
That was last Saturday. The cameras captured a man, named Aaron Jones, walking by Spicher's house around 3 a.m. Spicher was awake getting ready for a garage sale.
"He starts bee-lining to the door," Spicher said.
He pulled out his gun to protect himself, and his own cameras caught the confrontation.
"I bum rushed him outside, put the gun in his face, and shooed him off," Spicher explained.
"I said, 'Now remember my face because that's the same face you're going to see next time you're in the neighborhood'", Spicher said.
Spicher's brute comes from a stint as professional wrestler named "Dr. Pain." But, he wears his heart on his sleeve, especially when it comes to protecting his street, just like his dad once did.
"He was a heck of a guy. And I will never fill his shoes. But I will do anything I possibly can to come close," Spicher said.
Aaron Jones didn't steal anything from Spicher that night. After Spicher shooed Jones away from his property, Spicher called 911. Police arrested Jones for felony methamphetamine possession a few blocks away.
If Jones returns to Southeast Market Street, there's no doubt Spicher's cameras will see him, and Spicher will too.