Stranger uses key to enter Midland family’s apartment, MPD investigates

MIDLAND, Texas (KMID/KPEJ) – The Midland Police Department is investigating a burglary at the Spectrum Apartments.

The August 3 break-in was captured on security footage from a family’s Ring doorbell. The family, who asked to remain anonymous for security reasons, shared the video with Yourbasin.com.

The doorbell camera shows a man wearing a bright orange Nike short-sleeved shirt. The man knocks three times on the family’s front door. Having received no response, he uses a key to open the family’s front door. The incident happened during the day.

The man was a complete stranger, a tenant said on the phone with reporter Rob Tooke.

After the man opens the door, he shouts “Maintenance” twice as he enters. Moments later, he is seen closing and locking the door, then quickly rushing out. The tenant said her teenage son was home during the burglary, scaring off the intruder.

“We were at work, my husband and I. We were alerted that there was someone at the door. He knocked on the door, opened the door, shouted “Maintenance” and was startled by my son who was home alone. And then he locked the door and left. It was a red flag. A definite red flag, so my husband and I rushed home,” the tenant said.

The tenant said she believed the intruder was not expecting anyone to be home. The probable reason is that the family’s vehicles were not parked in front. Both parents were at work. The family’s son, who was at home when the burglary occurred, is still shaken.

“It’s a tough experience for the teenager to have,” the tenant said. “Of course, that makes us angry. It makes us feel unsafe in our home, where we are supposed to feel safe.

The tenant said the maintenance workers at the Spectrum apartments generally wear uniforms.

“The fact that he was wearing a shiny Nike shirt just didn’t make sense,” she said.

The man also announced he was a maintenance worker after opening the door. Normally, the maintenance workers would remain outside unless the tenant consents to enter. The tenant said she did not give consent and did not make an appointment for the interview.

The family recently installed the doorbell camera. They encourage others to consider a doorbell camera for security purposes.

The Tenant added, “I am a strong supporter of the Second Amendment. Take a gun, protect yourself. Protect your family.

Spectrum management said it was cooperating with the Midland Police Department in its investigation. The management team said they recognize the suspect as a former tenant of the complex. Information about the suspect has been shared with the MPD, management said. It is not known how the suspect obtained the key to the family unit.

A City of Midland spokesperson said the investigation is still ongoing. No arrests have been announced.


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