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Home Burglary Suspect Arrested

LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police arrested a suspect in connection with a home burglary that was caught on camera. 

According to police, they arrested 23-year-old Austin Jones Saturday on charges of burglary and violating conditions of a suspended sentence. 

He had previous convictions for home invasion, burglary with a deadly weapon, burglary, attempted burglary and possession of a firearm by a prohibited person.

According to the arrest report released Tuesday, Jones is on probation and is on house arrest.

Police say Jones broke into a home near Wigwam Avenue and Eastern Avenue at about 3:40 p.m. Thursday through a ground-floor window. He took a black backpack, a five gallon water bottle filled with coins and cash, a rolling suitcase and a gold ring, according to police.

The homeowner, Ed Vidal, had security cameras installed around his house and caught the crime on camera. Vidal shared the video on several social media websites in hopes of catching the thief. Police credit that effort with helping them catch the suspect. Several tips about the crime poured in after the video was posted on the Internet, and the story appeared on media outlets in Las Vegas, including 8 News Now, police said.

Homeowner Hopes Video of Thief Catches Crook

After identifying Jones as the suspect, police called him and he told them he would meet them at the Galleria at Sunset mall in Henderson. Police arrested him there. 

Police then searched Jones' Henderson home. Officers say they found the water bottled filled with change and cash. They also found a pair of shoes that match the pair the suspect is seen wearing in the surveillance video.

Jones is currently booked at the Clark County Detention Center.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to call Metro's Property Crime Division at (702) 828-3267, or to remain anonymous call Crime Stoppers at 385-5555.


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