Citizen Crime Tracker captures suspect on video
EDMOND, Okla. — Edmond police got a little extra help investigating a home burglary from a neighbor right across the street.
“I got home from work and the police car was there in the driveway taking a report,” said Jarod Conrady.
Conrady’s neighbor said his home had been broken into in the 400 block of W. 7th street.
He wanted to know if Jarod had seen anything.
“I said well no, I was at work. But my cameras see everything that happens on this street. Let’s see what we can find,” said Conrady.
Conrady pulled up the video right there on his i-pad.
Sure enough, his drop camera sitting in the front window of his home captured the suspect and suspect vehicle.
A man gets out of a dark colored mini Cooper and appears to knock at the front door.
When no one answers, he stands around texting on his cell phone for a bit, then wanders to the back of the house.
“Stood there for a little bit and then got his phone out like he was texting somebody. He was probably telling his partner where to meet him at the back door,” said Conrady.
Police say the victim told them he’d met a woman on craiglist and she had been to his home.
She had called him that day to come pick her up at a casino and when he returned home, he found his back door busted in and two televisions and ten laptops that he’s been working on missing.
The mini Cooper matched a vehicle one of the woman’s friends drove.
Conrady and his dad, Paul Conrady, uploaded the video to crimeseen.com, a social networking site they started for crimes just like this.
“We’re at about 2000 (members). We call them crime seen investigators in Oklahoma City. It’s a free website, so people sign up and determine and specify their radius. We call it a patrol radiu,” said Paul Conrady.
If a crime happens in your radius, you’ll be alerted and you can give tips if you saw anything.
People can also upload any surveillance video they may have.
“Sometimes it’s just the little piece of information that we need to solve the crime. So yeah, we have a great working relationship with them,” said Jenny Monroe with the Edmond Police Dept.
Edmond police have utilized crimeseen.com many times.
Jarod Conrady says this is the first crime his camera has captured and he’s glad he could use it to help his neighbor.
“It really worked out pretty well in this situation,” said Jarod Conrady.
Edmond police say the televisions have been recovered by another agency and that arrests could be forthcoming.
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