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ASHER, Okla. - A camera normally used to identify four-legged animals may help Pottawatomie County authorities catch a burglar.

Sheriff's department officials said a suspected burglar was photographed by a deer camera at a home that was broken into, just north of Asher, Monday.

Deer cams are often used to photograph and track roaming animals on wide-open property.

The victim, who asked to remain anonymous, said it marked the fifth time his home had been burglarized in the last seven years.

Three years ago he put a deer cam on his property.

"I've heard a lot of law enforcement have suggested that (deer cam) would be a good, cheap idea to do," he said. "It captures everyone that enters into my property."

Sure enough, it captured a photograph of a male suspect driving up to the home near the time it was robbed.

"All the law enforcement that I've talked to say this (photo) is some of the best evidence of any recent robbery that they have," the victim said.

The suspect's car passed by a sensor to trigger the photo.

Guns, ammunition and pocket knives were stolen while the crook ransacked the victim's house.

"We've been giving advice that if (residents) can't afford to get camera systems, to go buy a deer cam," Detective Ken VanDuser said.

VanDuser said the Pottawatomie County Sheriff's Department uses deer cams to catch crooks at places like dump sites.

He said another deer cam was used to identify a woman who was a suspected arsonist at a residence.

"Her husband set one up without her knowing it," VanDuser said. "Ended up being his wife. They have worked tremendously for us."

They're waterproof, durable and usually cost less than $200.

More importantly, they provide another eye to watch your property.

"A lot less expensive and we've had a lot of people in Pottawatomie County that have gone out and bought them," VanDuser said. "The only unfortunate part is sometimes those get stolen too."

So it's recommended deer cam users try to hide those deer cams.

VanDuser said the suspect is a white male between 25 and 35 years old, driving a white, four-door Lexus, Honda or Toyota.

Call the Pottawatomie County Sheriff's office if you recognize the suspect in the photo.