The family said their phone alerted them to movement on their home security camera and that's how they became aware of the man on their property.
The man was caught on camera licking the doorbell.
Police say the man also took an extension cord in the front yard, but the neighbors found it the next morning.
Police have identified the suspect as Roberto Daniel Arroyo, 33, and say he is still at large. "I go 5:00 in the morning, my son doesn't get home till 6:00, so I started reviewing the videos well who the heck is that", said Sylvia Dungan, doorbell licker's victim.
It is totally legal for you to lick your own doorbell for three hours.
"This just kind of reinforces how important it is to have security within your home".
"I thought, 'Oh boy, that is just weird, '" Dungan told CBS Sacramento. "Well, then who the heck is that?'" Sylvia Dungan said.
After licking the Dungans' doorbell, Arroyo reportedly visited another home in the neighborhood. Perhaps not surprisingly, he is known to police, who are seeking to charge him with "misdemeanor prowling, theft, and violation of probation", according to Salinas Police spokesperson Miguel Cabrera.
She was even more shocked when she watched the video: Hours of a male trespasser licking the doorbell.