In news out of Romulus, Michigan, a couple vacationing in Florida were alerted by their home surveillance system that their home was being broken into.

The story from the News-Herald notes that the couple was able to watch as 3 male teens entered and exited the home carrying items out as the left. 

It is perhaps not surprising the system did exactly what it was designed to do in providing the homeowners with an audit trail. What is perhaps surprising is that they recognized and positively identified one of the perps as their son.

Kudos to the parents for making what must have been a difficult decision to do the right thing even though it meant implicating their son.

The boy was apprehended later at a store trying to purchase a phone. He mentioned to the clerk that police were looking for him. The store then contacted local authorities who contacted the Romulus Police.

The report notes that the boy had been cooperative.

Police in a news broadcast informed the remaining two perpetrators that they would come to justice:

“It’s in your best interest to turn yourself in,” a police official said. “It will make things a lot easier on everyone. We will catch up with you eventually. It’s just a matter of time.”

Police then noted the increasing amount of available video footage continued to make solving crimes easier and they issued a plea that locals to the crime allow police to review their footage for clues.

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