Home security system helps police nab car break suspect

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FALL RIVER, Mass. (WPRI) — A Fall River man was arrested over the weekend after police said he was captured on surveillance video attempting to burglarize cars in the Columbus Drive neighborhood.

According to Fall River police, officers took Thomas Sullivan, 27, into custody early Saturday morning after he attempted to flee the scene.

Police said they received a call around 3 a.m. from a man who reported seeing someone in his backyard from his security camera, which is routed to his phone. He told police his wife and children were home alone at the time.

The man continued to monitor his surveillance system’s live feed while he was talking to dispatch, according to police, and he told them he saw the suspect checking to see if any of the cars in his driveway were unlocked before walking over to a neighboring driveway.

The neighborhood was subject to several car breaks over the past few weeks, police said. Residents reported that coins, cash and other valuables were taken from their vehicles while they were parked in their driveways.

Police were able to locate Sullivan through updates from the homeowner’s live feed. When officers arrived on scene, Sullivan ran into a wooded area but officers were able to located and apprehend him.

While searching the area, police found a pair of gloves, a hooded sweatshirt with pockets containing loose change, a folding knife and a flashlight leading into the woods where Sullivan was arrested. They also found a backpack on the ground near Sullivan containing gift cards, sunglasses and a second folding knife.

Sullivan is being charged with breaking and entering a vehicle, attempt to commit a crime, possession of burglarious instruments, trespassing and receiving stolen property.

Police said the investigation into the car breaks is ongoing and anyone with information should contact Officer Denis Gagne at (508) 676-8511.

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