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Neighbors team up to catch burglar in the act

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On surveillance footage, a neighbor saw someone who looked suspicious walking down the alley, ducking in and out of the camera's view. On surveillance footage, a neighbor saw someone who looked suspicious walking down the alley, ducking in and out of the camera's view.
The suspect broke into Tyler Benitone's home on Harbert Avenue through the back door. The suspect broke into Tyler Benitone's home on Harbert Avenue through the back door.
MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC-TV) - Neighbors in Central Gardens are breathing a sign of relief after a burglary suspect was caught in the act. They credit nexdoor.com, a neighborhood watch website.

The suspect broke into Tyler Benitone's home on Harbert Avenue through the back door. Someone posted on Nextdoor.com that the suspect kicked in the door and stole laptop computers.

Later that night, a neighbor read the website post and looked at his surveillance videos from earlier that afternoon. He saw someone who looked suspicious walking down the alley, ducking in and out of the camera's view.

"I have a surveillance camera pointed at the back alley so I looked through the footage from earlier that day," said resident Tracy Wiswall.

That was February 8. Wiswall found the man walking in an alley, ducking in and out of camera view.

The neighbor shared the video with his neighborhood's alarm company, nearby neighbors, and the local precinct officers.

A couple days later, another neighbor had his home broken into. He was not home at the time, so his alarm company called the police. They met at the house and discovered two laptops were missing.

Officers patrolling the area saw the suspicious person walking in the neighborhood, even wearing the same clothes seen on the surveillance video. Police stopped the man matching the photo and found two laptop hidden under his coat.

Police identified him and took him to 201 Poplar.

"It's good to have a social website that keeps an eye on the neighborhood, as well as just having good neighbors," said Benitone.

More than 250 neighborhoods in the Mid-South are using Nextdoor.com to report crime and connect with their neighbors.

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