Smile, say Cheese!
By LeaAnne Klentzman
Over the last several years the Richmond police department has encouraged residents and more importantly businesses to take the proactive step of installing security camera(s) and surveillance equipment.
According to Richmond police department spokesman Master Sergeant Lowell Neinast, “One local business discovered the advantages of such a system just this past Sunday. Late that night a local business owner was monitoring the video cameras of his place of business from his home in a different location. When he observed a suspicious individual walking around the property he called police and started taking snapshots of the suspicious person from his computer.”
Neinast said when officers arrived at the business in the 800 block of Austin Street they found a shattered glass from a window in the door. Because the owner had surveillance and recording equipment he was able to provide police with a description of the suspect as well as identify him when police found him nearby and returned him to the scene. Neinast said, “When the owner arrived at his business, snapshots in hand, the police were able to confirm the identity of the alleged suspect.”
Thirty five year old Andrew Reyes Munoz, III of Richmond was arrested and charged with Criminal Mischief and Criminal Trespass said Neinast. He said Munoz was not arrested for burglary because he did not actually enter the building although he is believed to have been the one who broke out the window of the business’ door.
Since this business owner was able to monitor his surveillance system via his computer or phone he was able to provide police invaluable information. In an effort to better serve the Richmond community the police department encourages everyone to help themselves help the police to serve them.
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