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Richardson surveillance network leads to burglar arrest

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A new, resident-fueled video crime watch program has already led to one arrest in Richardson.

Leo Pease signed up for the Neighborhood Video Crime Watch Program, putting his four surveillance cameras in the police database.

Those cameras came to good use this week, after a family living nearby woke up to a burglar roaming around their home.

Neighbors say the family's interior surveillance cameras weren't hooked up and the guard dog didn't bark.

Police say the burglar got away with cash, computers and a television.

When Pease heard about the crime, he checked his recorder.

"I saw him come back over here  with a big black bag on his back and I said, 'there's something wrong there,'" Pease said.

The camera, hidden in a birdhouse, caught the crook.

Pease gave a copy of his video to police. Within hours, they arrested the suspect and the victims got their belongings back.

Pease is one of 70 homeowners in the voluntary video crime watch program, which started in February.

For information on how you can sign up, go to

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