As they barged their way into Jeanne Thomas's empty home, these thieves thought they were onto a winner.
What they hadn't bargained on was the fact that she was watching them on an internet feed from her home webcam and on the phone to the cops.
Thomas, 43, had switched on the internet feed in the hope of her to see her dogs playing, she expected little more than a bit of distraction from work.
What she hadn't anticipated seeing was burglars raiding her home.
Phoning the police the 43-year-old continued to watch in suspense, telling the dispatcher: "This is unbelievable. He doesn't even know I'm sitting here watching all this.'