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Teen charged in videotaped home burglary

Posted January 4, 2013

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— A 17-year-old boy was arrested in connection with last week's burglary of a Raleigh home that was caught on security video and posted on the Internet.

Raleigh police said Friday that Qushawn Dy’antay Newsome was charged with second-degree burglary and larceny. He was taken into custody late Thursday.

Homeowner Matt Robinson installed eight cameras in different places around his home as a way to keep an eye on his dog.

The cameras can be accessed online or by using a smartphone, but Robinson said he and his wife had trouble pulling them up Saturday night while they were out of town for the holidays.

A relative went to their home to check things out and found the house had been burglarized.

Robinson retrieved the video that recorded the the burglary. It shows the three thieves casually walking around the house for nearly 15 minutes looking for valuables.

One of the thieves eventually noticed the video cameras and is seen in the video cutting the cables to at least one of them. Bleach also was poured over a box that records the video from the cameras, but it wasn't enough to erase the images of the burglary.

Robinson put the video on YouTube and passed out fliers in his neighborhood, asking anyone who recognized the people on the tape to call police.

The thieves stole about $1,500 in cash and electronics, he said.

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  • kevin27 Jan 7, 10:37 a.m.

    Well it's good to hear that he was captured! If it's OK with the community I would like to share an article that might be helpful to readers on how to better protect your home from a burglar:

    Burglar Reveals 15 Trade Secrets - A Look Into The Mind of a Burglar
    http://simplisafe.com/blog/burglar-reveals-15-trade-secrets-look-mind-burglar

    Feel free to share or re-post!

  • PracticalMagick Jan 7, 9:49 a.m.

    Glad they have one in custody. Technology CAN be your friend.

  • yelnatsthegreat Jan 4, 7:52 p.m.

    Now let's punish this bad guy for his unacceptable behavior. He was caught red handed.

  • dwr1964 Jan 4, 7:37 p.m.

    We should ban video cameras. They take away from these criminal's way of life. The things they were going to steal, were going to go toward next Christmas for their children. Shame on you people for trying to catch them in the act......How was that Piene2? Sound about right to you?

  • harinootsak Jan 4, 6:59 p.m.

    Mental giant, this one. Yet one more layer of vale of civility and sense of security peeled away.

  • common tater Jan 4, 6:05 p.m.

    chalk one up for the good guys

  • HANS FOR PRESIDENT!!!!! JK Jan 4, 5:44 p.m.

    Was he the one that covered his face after it was taped like 5 times? Can't fix stupid. He's lucky he broke into the house of a tech enthusiast, not one of the "six-gun toters" piene2 dislikes so much ;)

  • westernwake1 Jan 4, 5:40 p.m.

    We can only hope for a long jail sentence but it is not going to happen.

  • Rebelyell55 Jan 4, 5:17 p.m.

    Just the start of his life of crime. He will be released and most likely will be in trouble before his trial for this crime.