Man uses iPhone to catch a thief

NORWALK, CT (NBC) - Want to catch a thief? There's an app for that ... sort of.

After the second time someone broke into Peter Cooperman's Norwalk, CT home, he'd had enough and used his iPhone to set up a home surveillance video.

"I kind of wanted a way to monitor the house while we were away," Cooperman said.

Because of the Logitech Alert system, Cooperman caught a 17-year-old, red-handed, police said.

Here's how it works. Cooperman set up cameras around his house. When the cameras sensed motion, they began recording and streamed live video to Cooperman's iPhone via the Logitech Alert Mobile Commander app.

"I kind of had the video streaming, and I was glancing down as I was driving home, and saw someone running across the front of my yard," Cooperman said. "At that point, I was only a couple of miles away. I called 911 and basically raced to get home and saw the suspect running across the street, so I made it here in enough time."

Cooperman kept the burglar occupied until police arrived.

"Without the video with the camera, we would have known the alarm went off, but if we saw him walk around the corner, we would not have evidence against him," Cooperman said.

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