Police credit iPhone app in Roseville, Minn. robber's arrest

Police credit iPhone app in Roseville, Minn. robber's arrest

A Roseville, Minn. snowbird's iPhone app, which is technically a baby monitor, helped police catch a man robbing her home on Tuesday.

Police responded to the 1400 block of Glen Hill Road West on report of a burglary before 8 a.m. on March 3. According to police reports, the Roseville woman, Susan, was wintering in southern Kansas and received an alert on her iPhone app, "Cloud Baby Monitor" (listed at $3.99 in the Mac App Store) indicating motion in her home, where no one should have been. Susan also had two motion detector cameras installed in her home that cost less than $200.

Upon opening the app, she saw an intruder inside her home loading her things into his pockets and into a bag. Susan called police immediately and provided a description of the suspect. When officers arrived, they saw a 2002 black Ford Windstar van backed into home's driveway and noted the van had been recently parked because there was little snow on the windshield and fresh foot prints in the recently fallen snow from the van to the home and back to the van. Police confirmed forced entry.

Officers found St. Paul man Kennis Ray Littleton Jr., 31, hiding in the Windstar. He refused to exit until a police K9 bit him. He was treated for his dog bite injuries, booked at the Ramsey County Law Enforcement Center and has been charged with one count of second-degree burglary. He has a history of burglary and robbery and is currently on probation in Ramsey County for a robbery conviction in 2014.

How she did it

First, she wanted to find motion detectors that would send a text message to her phone. She set up two SmartSense multi-sensors (basement and first floor) for $54 each: https://shop.smartthings.com/#!/products/smartsense-multi

For the iPhone app there are multiple Wi-Fi video monitors available. Manything is extremely popular, but Susan found a baby monitor app suited her needs, and purchased the CloudBaby Monitor app for $3.99, which she monitors on her iPad. (This is the system we tried in the Fox 9 Green Room and it worked perfectly.)

There are several articles on how to set up your own home monitoring system, and these are some of the most helpful:





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