“We think he was following the FedEx truck,” explains Detective Larry Craciunoiu. He says that, although police were aware that a crime had taken place, it wasn’t until Dillon thought to check the home’s security system that they realize it had recorded a direct shot of the thief’s face. Dillon had installed the security system himself three years ago. “It was just something to add a little bit of peace of mind to protect us more than anything else,” said Dillon in an interview with IndyStar.
He took the clip and posted it to Facebook, hoping that someone would recognize the thief. By the next day, the post had been shared several thousand times, and multiple people identified Brandon Nelms as the likely perpetrator.
“Having a home surveillance system will allow you to watch any vandalism on vehicles or property, it can even catch people who don’t pick up after their dogs, and gives you a sense of whats going on around your home,” says Neil Flax, President at B.A.I. Security Systems Incorporated. “Home surveillance systems give you a great eye on whats happening around your house and an added sense of security.”
Nelms has spoken to media outlets, saying that he was homeless and stole the earrings in order to pay for food. “I seen the FedEx truck and seen him turn around and where he dropped the package off, says Nelms. “I knew what I was doing.”
“I’m really excited. It makes me feel good that he’s off the street,” says Dillon about the arrest. Craciunoiu agreed that the high-quality imagery from Dillon’s security system was an important asset in identifying the thief, and closing the case.