A hero neighbor in Atlanta Georgia went above and beyond normal neighborly behavior when he recorded his neighbor's home being burgled and posted the footage on YouTube. Many are calling him a hero; however the homeowner isn't so sure.
Ellington Gomez did what he believes any law-abiding citizen would do if they witnessed a crime - he grabbed his camera and started filming. "I saw this truck pull out outside the house, so for 30 minutes I filmed these hoodlums taking furniture, TV's, everything they could get from my neighbor's home. It was shocking but I got everything on film and I put it on YouTube, I have had over 300,000 views so far. It just shows you the power of the camera."
Unfortunately the victim and homeowner Cal Stalkings is not as enamored with Ellington as much as the 300,000 YouTube viewers are.
"The thing is he filmed the whole thing but didn't call the cops! For 30 minutes he just stood there, peering from his bedroom window and basically filmed. I would have much preferred to have my stuff right now than to watch 3 guys take it, though I have to say his camera skills are good and he wasn't shaky, it still doesn't make the fact that I have no TV any better."
Many are surprised at Stalking's criticism.
"Ellington did good" said another neighbor "It has put the neighborhood on the map, now every potential home invader out there will know that, though we don't call the cops here, we film, and then we post the footage on a social networking site. If that doesn't stop them then nothing will."
Police in Atlanta have reviewed Ellington's footage but as the raiders were wearing masks and had disguised their vehicles license plate they say the chances of catching the crooks is slight, unless they also filmed the raid and decide to post the footage on Youtube..