Security cameras installed by a Raleigh, N.C., "Redditor" and her husband recently caught a gang of robbers plundering their home just before New Year's Eve, they say.
The security video (see below) apparently shows three thieves entering the home's living room after kicking in a door. The homeowner, Beth Robinson, said on the Reddit website that the robbers removed various items including an Xbox, iPod and TV. (Robinson's husband, Matt, is pictured above holding one of the security cameras.)
"It's a scary thing to happen to you," she told AOL Real Estate. "You feel violated and like things are out of your control."
The video sparked a debate among the Reddit community about firearms ownership, echoing the common arguments for and against gun control that have flared up in the wake of the mass killing in Newtown, Conn.
One poster on the user-generated-content site said that his home has been broken into twice, but asked: "What in my house is worth someone's life? ... Guns kill people and possessions aren't worth it."
Another replied: "You're right, guns do kill people. So when the third robber comes into your home with a gun, just let him shoot you. [Forget] being able to defend yourself."
Robinson said that she reported the incident to the police, but so far no suspects have been identified.