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HOME SURVEILLANCE CAMERA LEADS TO ARREST

Berkeley, California (Wednesday, March 14, 2018) - Prowler Caught

  On March 3, 2018, a female resident on the 1300 block of Delaware Street reported seeing a "Peeping Tom" looking into her window early in the morning.  The community member screamed when she saw him and he fled the scene.  Following that incident, the victim installed surveillance cameras in her yard.

On March 12, 2018, the same victim reported another incident of prowling.  This time, the event was captured by her newly installed cameras at about 6:30am.  The video shows the suspect peering into her bedroom window.   Before the suspect left the yard, he saw one of the cameras and moved it in an attempt to avoid detection.  He later physically removed that same camera before he fled the yard (see the attached video: https://youtu.be/ko0KIYzbCgs ).

This morning, during the day shift patrol briefing, officers watched the newly obtained surveillance footage.   Twenty-seven minutes later, the resident called BPD to report that there was someone in her yard (see the attached video: https://youtu.be/G-C1VFSTPpU ).  Officers flooded the area and spotted the suspect emerging from a yard on Acton Street, near the victim's residence.  Officers detained the suspect without incident and immediately recognized him from the surveillance footage they had just watched minutes before.  Arrested for prowling and theft was Pedro Jacobo 55, of Oakland.   

Privately owned surveillance cameras continue to serve as a critical tool which aids in our department's ability to identify suspects and solve crimes.  

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