Security system alerts homeowner of burglary, leads to arrest

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LINCOLN, Neb. – A burglar was caught on a home security camera on Wednesday, allowing the homeowner to immediately call the police from a remote location.

LPD said shortly after 10:30 a.m., the victim reported he was alerted by his security system that someone was in his home.

The man tells 10/11 NOW he just recently installed the cameras after having his house broken into multiple times over the last month and now he's glad he did.

Timothy Depalma opened up his surveillance app to see a burglar in his house, grabbing his TV. and walking around.

Officers were sent to the home and formed a perimeter, and after several foot pursuits, Martin Shokai, 30, was taken into custody, according to LPD.

It turns out Shokai is actually one of the victims neighbors.

And when police arrived, he ran and they actually tackled him in Shokai's own front yard.

LPD says because of the camera inside officers were able to get to the area while he was still there.

"This helps solve it immediately. Because he got us to that scene so quickly that as officers were arriving, the suspect ran from the house and was caught a short time later,” said Lincoln Police Department Officer, Angela Sands.

Police said Shokai was found to be in possession of the victim’s prescription medication, game console, two cell phones, and cash.

He was arrested for burglary.