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Homeowner alerted to burglary by his cell phone alarm

Erin Mulvane, Houston Chronicle
Updated 3:46 pm, Tuesday, January 8, 2013
  • Jacoven Levi, 18, was arrested for burglary of a habitation on Jan. 7. Photo: Harris County Precinct 4
    Jacoven Levi, 18, was arrested for burglary of a habitation on Jan. 7. Photo: Harris County Precinct 4

 

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Harris County Precinct 4 deputies were able to nab an 18-year-old suspected of breaking into a house after a warning from a live video feed on the homeowner's cell phone caught the burglary live.

Jacoven Levi of Houston was arrested for burglary of a habitation Monday morning for allegedly breaking into a house at the 15000 block of Rushworth Drive, deputies said.

Deputies responded to the burglary in progress around 10 a.m. The house owner alerted authorities about the burglary through a video feed on his cell phone. The phone's alarm system allowed to man to see two unknown men looking into his windows.

A deputy went to a bayou that the homeowner said was behind his backyard. There he found a man carrying a laptop computer, headphones, $700 in cash and a lady's purse with a Nintendo DS Sony PSP and a Sony PSP cartridge games. These items were later found to have been stolen from the man's residence.

Investigators believe that Levi and an accomplice threw a rock through a back window of the man's house before walking in and stealing the property.

" We are seeing more and more incidents where this type of new technology puts police in the position of arriving while crimes are in progress, and or shortly after the suspects leave scenes,"said Asst. Chief Mark Herman.