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WATCH: Video doorbells identify would-be Peterborough burglar

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A video doorbell caught a man trying different door handles and trying to break into homes, a court heard.

Kennie Owen, 44, was caught on video doorbell footage trying doorhandles of homes in Werrington, Peterborough, on the night of 12 July last year.

Upon receiving a handful of reports the following day, police release an appeal to identify the man.

They also asked for others who might have doorbell evidence to find the would-be burglar.

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As a result, a total of 15 crimes were raised for attempted burglaries in Derwood Grove, Ainsdale Drive, Merelade Grove, Candidus Court, Swallowfield and Lewes Gardens.

Upon receiving a handful of reports the following day, police release an appeal to identify the man.

They also asked for others who might have doorbell evidence to find the would-be burglar.

As a result, a total of 15 crimes were raised for attempted burglaries in Derwood Grove, Ainsdale Drive, Merelade Grove, Candidus Court, Swallowfield and Lewes Gardens.

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The offender was identified as Owen, who was arrested in Bretton on 16 July.

Owen, of no fixed address, appeared at Huntingdon Law Court today (Monday) where he was sentenced to three years and two months in prison after previously admitting 15 charges of attempted burglary.

Kennie Owen, 44, was caught on video doorbell footage trying doorhandles of homes in Werrington, Peterborough, on the night of 12 July last year.

Detective Constable Matt Reed, who investigated, said: “Owen tried his luck that night, hoping to come across a door that was unlocked where he would then carry out a burglary.

“This is a really good example of simple measures that can be put in place to prevent your home from being burgled, but also in helping us catch any offenders.

“Video doorbells can sometimes act as a deterrent, but also clearly capture anyone committing crime, as was the case this night.”

Advice on how to best protect your home can be found on the force’s dedicated burglary information pages.

 

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