Friday, October 31, 2008

YouTube burglary suspects nabbed

Posted By on Fri, Oct 31, 2008 at 3:25 PM

The Internets can be an effective crime-fighting tool for those who can't wait for John Walsh to call.

On Monday, Dan and Alyssa Kopp of Grant Park were victims of a break-in that cost them their flat-screen TV, a laptop and a digital camera. However, their home security camera had caught the entire burglary on video, showing the three thieves and their SUV in high definition.

They posted the video to YouTube on Tuesday, alerted some friends and within a few hours they'd received calls from us, the AJC and several TV news crews. By 5 p.m., the video of the smash-and-grab burglary had been watched by more than 5,000 people, some of whom posted tips.

On Thursday, according to the AJC, police acting on one such tip raided a house in South DeKalb, where they found eight stolen flat-screen televisions, three laptop computers and several digital cameras. Six suspects, all in their 20s, were arrested.

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