Police: Family prepared when burglar came to call


KETTERING, Ohio (WDTN) – A Kettering family was not going to let it happen twice.  They were prepared when a burglar came to call and it led to an arrest.

Their Kettering home was broken into around 8:00 a.m. Friday, May 15.  The owner’s home surveillance video helped bring in a suspect in less than a week.

Dustin Shepherd, 18, of Kettering, was arrested Wednesday.  He is accused of breaking into the home through a bedroom window on Peony Place.

Shepherd is accused of stealing a large plasma TV and a laptop.

Dustin Shepherd charged with burglary in Kettering.  (Photo/Kettering Police Department)

The homeowners say their home was burglarized two years ago, prompting them to purchase a home surveillance system.

That system did its job last weekend.

“The homeowners surveillance system that they had. Strategically placed. Unlikely where someone would be, entering or exiting the residence with stolen property. They put it in a good spot and with that surveillance equipment there he was able to be identified rather quickly,” said Officer Ron Roberts, Kettering Police Department.

Roberts says any home surveillance helps out whether it is deterring burglars or catching them in the act.

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