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Would-Be Burglar Out-Smarted by Smartphone

Would-Be Burglar Out-Smarted by Smartphone

Glen Cove - (WALK) A would-be burglar is behind bars today after he was out-smarted by a smartphone, according to police on Long Island.

David Bradford, 26, of Flushing, was arrested Thursday evening after a Glen Cove woman visiting relatives in Brooklyn used her phone to check her household security cameras and observed Bradford in the act of ransacking her home.

The homeowner called police who captured Bradford after a brief chase into a neighbor's yard. Police say Bradford entered the home by cutting through a screen and prying open a window shortly after 8:00 p.m. Thursday.

The homeowner, who was not identified, was visiting her son in Brooklyn and decided to use her phone to access her home surveillance system to observe Thursday's snowfall.  Instead, she gave police a play-by-play description of Bradford's activities and location within her home.  Bradford was observed and recorded taking more than $300 from a child's bedroom, said police.

Following the chase and his arrest Bradford reportedly complained of chest pains and was taken to Glen Cove Hospital.  He was arraigned Friday and charged with burglary and possession of burglar's tools. Bail for Bradford was set at $50,000 cash or $100,000 bond.

Photo: Intel Free Press


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