Burglary suspect caught on puppy-camPosted: Updated:
TEMPE, Ariz. -- A Tempe woman says a would-be thief was caught on camera, in her home, feeding her two dogs treats. Mia asked 3TV to only use her first name because she's still shaken up over the ordeal.
She says it all started when she was just trying to re-purpose her broken iPhone. She decided to turn it into a security camera to watch her dogs while she was at work. Little did she know that the security camera would be instrumental in catching the alleged thief.
"The app showed me that the barking had been going on for 20 minutes so I knew something strange was happening," Mia said about the Friday morning break-in. The iPhone app to which she's referring is called "manything," which stands for "monitor anything." Mia says she downloaded it six months ago, but rarely used it. The app allowed her set the old iPhone up like a camera and watch it from her computer at work. "I don't even turn it on every day, so this was really lucky that I turned it on that day."
Mia says she was at work and received an alert from the app, so she logged onto the website and was able to look into her Tempe living room, where she spotted an intruder. She called 911.
In the video, she watched as the intruder approached her two dogs and fed them treats and let them lick his face. Moments later, Tempe police surrounded the home and took 22-year-old Aaron Cedric White into custody without incident, as he allegedly attempted to flee out the back gate on the property to an alley.
Police said White tried to run after realizing he was on camera.
White was wearing gloves when he was taken into custody, according to police.
He was booked into the Tempe City Jail on one count of second-degree burglary.
"I was just so grateful to the Tempe Police Department for putting so much manpower into it and also showing up so quickly," Mia said.
She also says, in the end, she was grateful no one was injured, especially her dogs. Tempe Police, meantime, joked that when they showed up the dogs appeared to be well fed.