luggageKeith King and Stacy Legg-King, a couple from Phoenix,  were recently caught red handed stealing luggage from Phoenix’s Sky Harbor Airport. When police tracked them back to their home, they found over 1,000 stolen checked bags. The couple was  caught when an airport officer saw Keith King take a bag from the luggage carousal, put it in his car, and drive away. After the incident, the police put him under surveillance, and caught him doing the same thing again.
When police went to his house to investigate, they were amazed with what they found.

“The amount of luggage being stored inside of the residence was almost surreal” Officer Kendall Goo wrote in a court document.

There were over 1,000 pieces of luggage, and the worst part was that all the identification tags were taken off, making it much harder for the police to find who they belonged to. Assuming that the thieves took one piece of luggage a day, with over a 1,000 of them stolen, they must have been doing this for at least the 3 years. If you have lost a suitcase at the Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport, you might want to contact the Phoenix police department.

(Via Jaunted)

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screenshot_03Superheros are a thing of the past- with cutting edge technology, you can become your own vigilante. After a series of approximately 30 break-ins in a period of only 2 weeks, a criminal was caught on a home video tape by a local resident, Pam Trickey. The sunlit, warm, and welcoming town turned into a much darker reality- one that she wanted to catch on tape. Authorities are hopeful that this new footage will help them catch the burglar. The picture identification is a vital part of the investigation that was missing prior to this major breakthrough. Trickey, bought surveillance cameras to catch the person who vandalized her car, instead she got the burglar responsible for other neighborhood car break-ins. Taking it a step further, she cleverly hid the cameras in flower pots.

“There he is right there, and he walks up to the vehicle, you can see his face right there he is looking at the camera,” Trickey said.

Watching the man rummage through her car, looking for anything valuable, Trickey was relieved when the man finally left, defeated by her invaluable objects. On the same night her car was ransacked so too her a number of her neighbors- but Trickey is hopeful that her home movie will help catch the thief.

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large_kenjonesBusted stories like the follow one are always amusing, but it really makes you wonder about the audacity of some thieves out there. Recently, a thief stole a camera and lens from a special exhibit at the Multnomah County’s Central Library. The exhibit featured a display full of police crime-fighting tools. The thief immediately went for a Nikon camera and lens which ironically was located next to a book titled “Crime Scene Photography”, an old fingerprint magnifying glass, a plastic police evidence bag, and bright yellow evidence markers.  A surveillance camera in the library caught the whole thing, and another surveillance camera even caught the thief holding the camera in the elevator as he exited the library.

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Camera’s are an integral part of today’s society. Whether we want to admit it or not we are always being watched from a security camera or a friend recording. This is not creating the ‘big brother’ society that people fear. Instead, we are moving to a point where life is documented as it is happening. No false histories or second hand accounts. We are able to see the world live.

Events happen in an instant and are done. Hidden cameras allow us to quickly capture these events and keep them in perpetuity. Reporters have embraced this for the search for truth in events. Events can’t be negated when documented on film.

Documentary filmmakers have also made a career of documenting ‘real life’. Some have even gone further with hidden cameras. Recently, filmmaker Rob Spence installed a prosthetic hidden camera eye in order to capture life as we really perceive it.

Now it is getting easier and easier for everyone to be their own news crew. With sites like Youtube we can show our videos to others and invite them to view what we have captured from our world. The integration of cameras everywhere has opened our sights to both the good and the ugly, but allows us to choose which we want to view and how we act in response.

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We don’t all have the luxury to be robbed by this guy. But perhaps there is something to be said about the simplicity of the criminal mind. They look to get in and out quickly. They may not even think about a security system or a hidden camera. Taking steps like these will help catch a burglar even when their mistakes aren’t as obvious. Keeping your home secure. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-x-Ud55x6zY&w=425&h=344]

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One more counterfeiter in a ring in Bermeton, Washington was caught on video surveillance by a cell phone by one of her co-conspirators. The woman is shown pulling a fake $20 from a printer. Police have accused these suspects with targeting Girl Scout troops and allegedly conning them out of more than $1,000.

The scheme revolved around buying girl scout cookies to launder the money. To ad insult to injury, the “real-looking” money was reportedly made with a printer bought from a local ToysRUs. One of the girl scout leaders realized the money was fake when she tried to get change at a bank. Now troop leaders are told to not accept 20s unless they have a counterfeiting pen that turns yellow to detect real money. The girl scout leaders have said they will use this experience as a teaching tool about safety and security. They stated they are going to teach the girls about fraud and security and even go as far as to give out fraud badges. This may sound like a far cry from friendship badge, but does show the importance of being vigilant especially when it comes to children, who are most vulnerable.

There are many ways to protect your child and teach them about dangerous situations and suspicious people. Many girl scouts take the door to door approach to selling their cookies. Many parents choose to keep track of their children’s location with a GPS Tracker or similar device.

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1) Is it Spider man? No, not by a longshot. Here is one clumsy criminal caught on video surveillance trying to rob a liquor store. At least he knows how to make an entrance…even if he can’t make an exit.


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2) Some people are just impatient. Or don’t understand the point of masks or security cameras.

3) Argh! Pirates plunder coffee shop. Well…almost. Aye matey! This ship be locked.

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4) The owner in this place must use windex. Or may need one of those bird stickers.

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5) So much to remember while robbing a store. It can be tricky keeping hold of things.

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6) Knock me out once, shame on you. Knock me out twice, shame on me.

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7) Pull down shades. Check. Know how to use shades. Uncheck.

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8) Maybe they didn’t know they had videos…at the surveillance store. Spy Store Robbery

9) Thong Mask – They may have been a little under dressed… yikes!

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10) Watch out! Those walls are tricky!

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