In the News: Home Security Video Surveillance Catches Thief in Act

Published August 1st, 2014 | By

An Indianapolis man is in custody after he was caught stealing a FedEx package from a homeowner‘s porch just days ago.


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The view from a front porch home surveillance camera.

Homeowner Daniel Dillon said the thief stole a pair of $300 diamond earrings that had been delivered to his home, according to RTV6 in Indianapolis.


“(The driver) shows up, drops the package inside the door just like he’s supposed to,” Dillon said.


But when FedEx reported the package as delivered and the Dillons failed to find it, they went through their security camera footage. Just two minutes after the FedEx truck left, the video showed, a red car pulls up, and a man gets out and approaches the porch. Dillon’s family is in the backyard the entire time this is taking place. After attempting to cover his face, the thief grabs the package and drives away.


Putting an end to petty theft


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Instead of being forced to lose their package to fate, the Dillons caught their thief in crystal-clear video. Police were able to quickly identify him as Brandon Nelms, and he was taken into custody soon after.


“He’s been known in the past to be involved in burglaries, thefts and other criminal activity,” IMPD Det. Larry Craciunoiu said. “It was extremely high-quality video. The cameras were positioned perfectly to capture the image of him arriving and leaving which led to being able to identify the suspect as well as the suspect vehicle.”


Helping more than just the homeowner


When the Dillon discovered proof of theft, he posted the video on Facebook. In less than 24 hours, it was seen and shared by thousands of viewers.


“People on the Internet love stupidity and this guy is as stupid as they come. There are five cameras on the front of my house and he didn’t pay any attention,” Dillon said. “He’s not going to be able to do this to anyone else, which is one of the main reasons we did this.” 



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