In a gated Deerfield Beach condo building, Joan Possiel and her husband found a slice of snowbird paradise.
“My husband has special needs so we couldn’t find the place to accommodate him every time we went to Florida so we purchased our own place,” she explained
“They were in my home, they were in a beautiful home, that we bought. And I just felt very very frustrated that they could do that,” she explained.
Possiel says just days before departing Florida for Philadelphia, she had installed a Dropcam camera in her home and connected it to an app on her cell phone. Saturday, it alerted her that something had been picked up on the motion sensor. She clicked the app and watched what happened next, as it unfolded in front of her eyes.
“I kept hearing this banging at the door. And not figuring out what it was and it turned out that they actually broke, they breached the front door. With a crowbar,” she explained.
She watched as a woman and man she didn’t recognize entered the home.
“So I’m sitting here in Philadelphia with my husband, screaming, and this woman and man come walking into our beautiful apartment in Florida,” she said.
Possiel and her husband scrambled to find the right phone number and notify Deerfield Beach law enforcement. They notified Possiel’s brother who lives close to the Florida home and he raced to the condo.
It was too late. The two who appeared to have broken into the home hurried away and took the camera with them.
“It gave its life to protect my home,” she said.
Possiel’s safe was also taken, she says. It was empty and the keys had been accidentally locked inside.
“Yes. Ha. Ha,” she said.
Possiel is now filing a report with law enforcement and handing over the video from the Dropcam. She doesn’t plan to let it go. She’s circulating the video through social media and her friends are spreading the word.
“I’ve got a clean picture of this woman’s face and I’m not letting this go. This is not a minor issue,” she said.
The property management at the Hemingway Condo says it has plans to improve security in some specific ways. Residents in the same building say there have been multiple condo break-ins during recent months and details are similar to this weekend’s event.