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Burglar Busted While Breaking Into Woburn Home

By Beth Germano, WBZ-TV
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WOBURN (CBS) —- A homeowner doesn’t always get to see a burglary in progress, but since Jacqui Duffy got a new security camera, a thief was caught and busted.

She purchased the system after a thief broke through the same window two years ago, both times by pushing out an air conditioner.

This time the camera was looking right at the window when the thief was seen squeezing his way into her den.

“When I saw the video I was mad that somebody was coming into my house to take my stuff. Then I was relieved the security system we spent so much money on worked,” said Duffy.

He made his landing on a toy chest and was met by the motion detector which alerted the homeowner that someone had broken in.

By the time Duffy arrived home the police were there and she knew she had the video. The burglar had run out the front door without taking anything.

“I can say it’s funny because he didn’t take anything. If he took stuff I wouldn’t think it was funny,” she said.

The desperate thief not only didn’t see the camera inside but he didn’t see the security signs clearly posted outside on the front lawn as he made his way to a dark corner of the house. It’s a nicely shaded window and the home is easy access on a busy Woburn street.

Duffy posted her “busted burglar” video on YouTube as a lesson for other homeowners and it’s gone viral.

“I will never complain about monthly payments we pay for this security system.”

Her next solution is getting central air conditioning.

As for the suspect, a 35-year-old Peabody man, he confessed the whole thing to police and is now facing charges.

Watch: Busted Burglar

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