Man watches house being burglarized from cell phone

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by ABC News

WHAS11.com

Posted on May 28, 2014 at 5:02 PM

Updated Wednesday, May 28 at 6:31 PM

Louisville, Ky. (WHAS11) - A burglar was caught red-handed all thanks to common technology. A man watched from his phone as his house was being robbed.

The alleged burglar opened the unlocked sliding glass door and entered the home with his flashlight.

He tried to outsmart the homeowner by turning around a surveillance camera. What he doesn't know is that there were two other cameras are still rolling, detecting every motion he made.

Nisarg Swaminarayan, 29, was eating dinner nearby this weekend when he said his Dropcam security system sent an alert to his smartphone telling him his sliding door had been opened.

"It's pitch dark, but these cameras have a night vision," Swaminarayan said.

Swaminarayan said he watched as the invader grabbed his electronic equipment. So he fought back with his iPhone, tapping into one of the camera's loudspeakers.

"I shouted leave my home i can see you, leave my home," Swaminarayan said.

It was meant to scare the alleged burglar, and it did exactly that.

Chris mcgoey, security expert, said, "It's being embraced more and more by the mainstrean, as situations like this happen, and we see their effectiveness."

Thanks to this surveillance footage, police quickly tracked down the suspect, 22-year-old Oliver Alavez-Luengas.

The alledged burglar is being held on $25,000 bail all thanks to a free app, an iPhone and a few mounted cameras.

Total cost $150.

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