Two Los Angeles men on parole aged in their mid-20s were arrested on Tuesday evening not long after they broke into a Santa Monica home that was wired with motion sensor surveillance cameras that instantly alerted the homeowner’s smart phone.
Santa Monica Police Department Detective H. Ahn told The Mirror officers responded to reports of a burglary in progress in the 900 block of 20th Street at about 5:30 pm on Feb. 24.
“The victim got an alert on his cell phone from his surveillance camera system set up inside his home that had a motion sensor,” Ahn said. “The victim reviewed the surveillance camera feed and saw two suspects inside his home. At that time he called the police department.”
The homeowner, who was nearby, rushed to his residence and was able to chase the suspects on foot as police were arriving, Ahn said.
Ahn said the suspects were seen entering a business in the 1800 block of Wilshire Blvd.
“The officers checked inside the store and located the two suspects,” Ahn said. “Officers were able to recover all of the victim’s belongings – electronics and jewelry.”
The suspects have been identified as Eddie Valencia, 24, and Adam Nelson, 26, both of Los Angeles. Both men were charged with residential burglary and parole violation.