Webcam break-in photos emailed from Canada to police in Florida

Man foils burglary from 1,700 miles away

Two burglars were identified and arrested, and stolen property returned, all thanks to a motion sensing camera and email.

Jason Hatfield had set up a motion detecting security camera at his vacant home in Lehigh Acres, Florida. Having heard the alarm beep he checked the online feed but rather than seeing the usual cat setting off the sensor he instead saw two burglars in his living room.

Apparently something of home automation buff, Hatfield remotely turned on the stereo, vacuum cleaner and switched off the air conditioning. The men realised something was amiss, searched for the security system and then unplugged it. Meanwhile, Hatfield called Lehigh Acres police via Skype to report the break in.

Arriving police intercepted suspects Fernandez and Morales pulling away in a gold Range Rover. Hatfield also emailed photos which showed the men breaking and entering while the police emailed back photos of electronic items taken in the robbery which Hatfield was able to identify.

Fernandez and Morales were both charged with armed burglary, grand theft and assorted other charges. Hatfield said he was pleased he’d invested in the security equipment and that he was looking for ways to make the premises yet more secure.

He could get a dog, but then where’s the fun in that?

Picture credit: Panasonic

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