Teen charged in videotaped home burglary
Posted January 4, 2013 5:12 p.m. EST
Raleigh, N.C. — 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.