Marcel Neesen says it was right in his kitchen where he spotted two burglars with flashlights rummaging through his Sweetwater home early Sunday morning.
"I saw just the flashlights, I think he was scanning if there was anything that he could take and then hopefully get off," Neesen said.
Neesen says the thieves opened his unlocked car in the driveway, used the garage door opener to get into the garage and then walked right into his home, luckily his 3-year-old Beagle Ally started barking which woke him up.
"I saw an individual standing there with what I would thought was a flashlight, so I jumped out of bed then hollered to my wife," Neesen said.
Seminole County Sheriff's deputies say Neesen wasn't alone, they say in all there were 20 cars that were broken into in the Wekiva Springs and Sweetwater neighborhoods Sunday morning along with one other home where the suspects used the garage to enter the home.
"In all the cases, all 20-plus cars were left unlocked we Know that there was at least 2 suspects possibly three," Neesen said.
Deputies say surveillance video from a neighbor shows at least one of the suspects checking to see if a car door is unlocked, deputies believe the camera around his neck was also stolen and they have a warning for homeowners, despite the extra security of living in a gated community.
"Please lock your vehicles even if its sitting in your driveway and also make sure that u don't leave valuables in plain site," Neesen said.
Deputies say they are conducting extra patrols in those neighborhoods; anyone with information on the suspects should call the Seminole County Sheriff's Office.