Home surveillance helps Wichita police nab burglary suspect

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Wichita police say a homeowner's motion-activated camera system helped officers arrest a 61-year-old burglary suspect.

Officers responded at around 12:20 p.m. Tuesday to the report of a burglary in progress in the 3100 block of South St. Clair. Police say the homeowner was watching the burglary on his cellphone through the camera system. 

"Using this camera system, the homeowner was able to provide a suspect description and suspect vehicle description," Officer Charley Davidson said. 

Officers arrived in the area a located the suspect near Marion and Broadway. He was arrested and booked into jail for criminal possession of a firearm, burglary and parole violations. Booking records identified the suspect as Dale Owens.  

The items taken from the home included electronics, a rifle, tools and money. All were recovered.

Kansas Department of Corrections records show Owens is on parole and has prior convictions that include aggravated burglary, burglary, theft and assault.

"Good police work and developing relationships are essential to keeping the community safe," Davidson said. "As WPD pursues public safety goals, we will regularly share stories of success from the beat. We want to show the community what good policing looks like and what it takes, so residents gain a greater awareness about the many ways WPD serves them and how they can help."

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