Johnston home burglarized twice in a day; owner shares surveillance video in hopes of catching thieves

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JOHNSTON, R.I. (WPRI) — Imagine your home being broken into. Now imagine that it happened twice in less than 24 hours. Vinny Sibilia of Johnston doesn’t have to use his imagination — he is living that nightmare.

Eyewitness News reached out to Johnston Police, who confirm they’re actively investigating the two incidents that occurred at Sibilia’s home on Borden Avenue.

Sibilia told Eyewitness News the first break-in happened around 8:30 a.m. and was captured on his home surveillance camera.

“At 8:25 a.m. I received a Ring notification [an alert sent to his cellphone] and I kind of ignored it,” Sibilia said, explaining that traffic often triggered the alert.

But Sibilia knew something was wrong when he returned home from work later in the day. He checked his home surveillance video and saw two people entering the back door of his garage. A motorcycle, an off-road dirt bike and a four-wheeler were all gone.

Here is what they look like. If you believe you have seen them you’re asked to call the Johnston Police Department.

Sibilia estimates the items were valued around $5,000.

“They were not new,” he said. “But they were in good condition and they were mine.”

Neighbors later told him they had seen a blue van parked out in front of his garage. Sibilia has lived at his home on Borden Avenue for the last 14 years and has never had an issue.

Sibilia filed a report with the Johnston Police Department on Friday afternoon. Later that evening while he was out getting dinner, he received another alert from his home surveillance system.

“I pull up the camera, I realize my back door is open,” he said. “So I get into the car and I get here as fast as I can. I get home and I realized that they came back.”

Later that night Sibilia reviewed his video and what he saw shocked him.

“You can see the two gentlemen coming in. One at my side of my house – trying to pry my windows open – looking into my side door.”

Sibilia said that was the scariest part.

“The garage is one thing, this is just stuff, but you’re in your house at night,” he said. “I mean, you’re sleeping and you don’t know what they are going to do.”

He hopes whoever stole his property returns it.

If you have any information regarding this case you are asked to call the Johnston Police Department at 401-231-8100.

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