Baby monitor video leads police to 3 suspects in York Region thefts
Suspects were linked to incidents where shoppers had property taken from shopping carts in Vaughan, Ont.
Video from a baby monitor has led York Regional Police to three suspects in several thefts north of Toronto.
Police say a Richmond Hill, Ont. home was broken into on Dec. 19, 2015 and a baby monitor in the master bedroom captured the incident on video, allowing investigators to identify the accused.
The alleged thieves on the video were linked to several incidents where shoppers had their wallets and bags taken from shopping carts at various locations in Vaughan, Ont.
Police said the trio were arrested on Feb. 11 and police executed a number of search warrants in Toronto.
Investigators have seized a large quantity of jewellery, tools, clothing and collectibles. Police have released photos of the stolen items on their Flickr account hoping people will recognize their property.
The three were charged with the break and enter and several wallet thefts in York Region. They appeared in Newmarket, Ont. court on Thursday.
Const. Andy Pattenden said police use residential surveillance video in their investigations if it is available.
"I've heard of baby monitor video being used in a few other cases. But it's not the norm," he said.
Pattenden said the video in this case will be considered evidence.