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Social media helps nab burglary suspects

Christopher Kevin Newton (Photo source: Jackson County Sheriff's Department) Christopher Kevin Newton (Photo source: Jackson County Sheriff's Department)
Christopher Gregory Fielder  (Photo source: Jackson County Sheriff's Department) Christopher Gregory Fielder (Photo source: Jackson County Sheriff's Department)
The suspects took his TVs, game consoles, a surround sound system and several hand guns. (Photo source: WLOX) The suspects took his TVs, game consoles, a surround sound system and several hand guns. (Photo source: WLOX)
Thanks to that camera and the power of social media, the second time his home was burglarized the suspects didn't get away. (Photo source: WLOX Thanks to that camera and the power of social media, the second time his home was burglarized the suspects didn't get away. (Photo source: WLOX
JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) -

After Sherman Krohn's home was broken into about a year ago, he said he spent around $14 and bought a dash camera online and set it in his kitchen. Thanks to that camera and the power of social media, the second time his home was burglarized the suspects didn't get away.

In the video recorded on June 15, 2015, you can hear someone knocking on Sherman's door. Seconds later, when no one answers, the video catches a man crawling through the window saying, "there's your TV."

The suspect then lets his accomplice in the back door. They unplug the large TV and then rummage through the rest of the house.

"I was at work all day, you know. I got home like a normal day," Sherman said. "I could see straight through the window there. I could see there was no TV. Criminals got in the back window and took all my stuff."

The suspects took his TVs, game consoles, a surround sound system and several hand guns.

"I had just gotten this really nice TV with 3D so I could play video games," Sherman said. "But, what they didn't notice was my dash cam on the microwave."

Sherman called his brother, Phil, so they could take a look at the camera and see if it caught the burglars red handed.

"I ran over here as fast as I could, and I was like please get it on camera," Phil said. "We checked the camera. It took us about 40 minutes, and we finally found them coming through the window. I went nuts with it and put it on the internet."

The video captured the nearly five minutes the thieves were in the home.

"They went out, came back in to look for the remote, and they found the remote in the couch cushions and rolled out," Phil said.

Phil posted the video the day after the burglary. A week and four days later, the video has been viewed more than 19,000 times on YouTube and shared across the country on Facebook.

"It took about 30 minutes and then I got 40, 50 messages like immediately," Phil said. "I called the cops, and they said, 'Yeah, we know. We got it.' They got the same calls."

Christopher Fielder, 49, was arrested Thursday. Fielder's alleged accomplice, Christopher Newton, 44, was arrested Monday. Both are charged with burglary. If convicted, they face up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

Investigators are trying to determine if the suspects burglarized any other homes and said more charges could be coming.

"We would have never caught them if it weren't for the camera," Sherman said.

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