Old iPhone used as security cam catches burglars in the act

A burglary suspect was caught in the act by a woman using an old iPhone as a security camera, and now he's going to prison.

Jason Travis Sewell, 36, pleaded guilty to Aggravated Burglary this week in a Knox County courtroom and will spend 15 years behind bars.

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According to prosecutors, Sewell was caught when a woman, who had converted an old iPhone into a security camera, saw two people in her Deane Hill Drive home on March 7. 

She called police, and when officers responded, they caught Sewell coming out of the garage carrying a large flat screen television. He tried to run when he spotted the officers, but was quickly caught and arrested.

“New technology has changed the way law enforcement fights crime, but it can help homeowners protect themselves and their property, too,” said DA Charme Allen. “The homeowner in this case was able to protect her home and stop a criminal in the act thanks to a creative use of technology.”

It wasn't Sewell's first offense. He has eleven prior felony convictions for Aggravated Burglary, Burglary, and Theft.

The other man who was with him during the burglary, Gregory Alan Collins, also pleaded guilty to Aggravated
Burglary and is awaiting sentencing on November 3.
 

(© 2016 WBIR)


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