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Home surveillance cameras used to catch thieves

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Photos from Jim Hagan's surveillance camera of the people who burglarized his home. Photos from Jim Hagan's surveillance camera of the people who burglarized his home.
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Major Mike Sullivan Major Mike Sullivan
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The selection of the home surveillance cameras available at Bass Pro Shops. The selection of the home surveillance cameras available at Bass Pro Shops.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - People who are tired of losing their things to thieves are taking steps that range from home alarm systems to home security cameras and they're getting pretty good pictures. A Fern Creek man hopes the pictures snapped by his camera bring the crooks who hit his home to justice.

"They knew to go for jewelry and things like that," Fern Creek resident Jim Hagan said. "It looks like they got some china and stuff."

The two thieves who pulled up to his home were in the side door and back out again in a matter of minutes.

"They tried to take a TV," he said. "I guess he couldn't get out but he broke it trying to rip it down out of the living room and they left that in my front yard."

Hagan could see who they were and how they operated because of the small camera that captured the crooks at work.

"I was pretty happy because I knew that right after I called the police that I could give it to them and especially with the picture of the one woman, we have a clear shot, all angles and they'd be able to use that, plus the car," he said.

"You can't beat that type of evidence of somebody actually committing the crime," said Major Mike Sullivan, commander of the LMPD 7th Division.

Sullivan said police are seeing more and more of us with small cameras planted around our homes in part because they're becoming much more affordable.

"You're looking at a price range of around $150 to $500," said Nicki Potts who works in the hunting department at Bass Pro Shops in Clarksville.

Potts sells a lot of game cameras that people will use for home security. The cameras are often high definition, easily camouflaged and have covers for the flash.

"They won't be able to see it, you can hide them easily, they're smaller," Potts said.

Hagan bought his camera after his wife died last year in a car accident, leaving his home empty during the day. Now it seems fitting that the pictures could be used to catch the thieves since the things they took in large part belonged to Angi.

"I hope you enjoy your time in jail," he said to the two people. "We've been through a lot with the death of my wife and I don't appreciate you coming in and stealing our stuff."

Sullivan said that because of the pictures Hagan's camera caught, they expect a break in the case very soon. He also adds that they have had a few cases lately where the homeowners put their pictures on social media, which complicates the prosecution of suspects. He asks homeowners to give the police some time to do their jobs.

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