Palos Heights condo owner uses app to catch thieves in her home

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Two accused thieves were caught in the act as a homeowner watched her home being robbed on a smartphone app.

Martel Curtis, 21, and Darnell Blackwell, 26, were caught burglarizing a Palos Heights condo on November 26.

The owner was on vacation in Hawaii, but was alerted to the break in by an app on her phone.

The app was connected to three security cameras inside the home.

The police report says she recognized one of the suspects as a friend of her boyfriend, who also lived in the condo.  The woman called her brother who went to the condo and then called police.

When officers arrived, they found the suspects hiding inside.

Blackwell fled from the garage, entered the home, and ran up a flight of stairs. Neither  Curtis or Blackwell surrendered so police called in a police dog.
The dog bit Blackwell before he was taken into custody.

Curtis and Blackwell are charged with felony residential burglary.

They are due back in court January 14.


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