Homeowners who watched a burglar casing their house and prowling around in the garden. Caught the moment on CCTV that he came face to face with their pet cat.
Burglar and cat ‘face-off’ caught on camera: Mark Lawson was filmed crawling around the property in Priory Road, West Bridgford, Nottinghamshore on the 16th March on all fours. The homeowners were watching the events on their mobile phone app. And saw the moment that Lawson, who had made his way to the rear of the property, looked through a glass door to find their pet cat staring back at him.
After watching him for a few minutes the homeowners alerted the police. And set off an alarm at which point Lawson fled the property. Only to be caught by the police moments later. Lawson, 42, from Eugene Gardends, The Meadows, appeared at Nottingham Crown Court on 13th October. And received a 12 month prison sentence suspended for 2 years after admitting to attempted burglary.
Christopher Copley, Detective Constable, said. “Lawson had every intention of breaking in the home of a family as they slept upstairs and was foiled only by modern technology.” The swift and calm actions of the homeowner, who was understandably concerned for the safety of his family, allowed us to catch up with this offender almost immediately. A response team from West Bridgford quickly attended the location, arrested Lawson and did an excellent job of securing evidence.
I am pleased he has now been punished. And hope he uses this opportunity to change his future behaviour. This case should also serve as a reminder of the potential benefits of modern CCTV phone apps. Which can be used to alert residents to everyone who approaches their home.”
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