As alarm industry professionals, we dedicate our careers to protecting the lives and property of our subscribers, which is serious business. We provide protection, peace of mind, and response when needed, in addition to an increasing array of next-generation interactive services. These are important issues, but the alarm business can have its lighter side – such as when you read one of these stories about a bungling criminal. Today’s story from Loranger, LA is another great example of the fact that burglars are not necessarily the “sharpest tools in the shed,” so to speak.
A burglary suspect leaving the scene of the crime was caught after he ran out of gas, the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office said. Aaron Davidge, 20, was arrested early Friday morning after a night of allegedly burglarizing homes and vehicles in the Loranger and Independence area, authorities said.
Good News – Burglar Alarm Worked
All too often these crime reports indicate that a targeted home had no burglar alarm: after all, only about one in five US homes has a monitored alarm system. But in this case, the alarm system was present – and even better, it was armed.
Sheriff’s deputies responded to a call on Simmons Road in Loranger early Friday morning after a home’s burglar alarm went off. While on the way to the house, deputies saw a pickup truck leaving the area, and then saw that someone had broken into the home, authorities said. Around the same time, Deputy Nathan Manton was patrolling the area when he spotted a stranded motorist, he said. Manton stopped and learned that the driver had run out of gas.
Good Old Fashioned Police Work
After conversations with dispatchers, Manton discovered that the driver matched the description of the burglary suspect, deputies said. Davidge was arrested, and investigators said they soon learned that he spent the evening breaking into several homes, including one on Bennett Road in Independence. Detectives also believe Davidge broke into at least four cars in the Rock Ridge subdivision in Loranger before continuing to the Simmons Road home.
Clearly Mr. Davidge was not expecting to run into a monitored alarm system – and the fact that it scared him off is great. Even better, the police officer dispatched because of the alarm activation was on the way quickly enough to see Davidge leaving the scene of the crime.
Not the Award Winner
Granted, this is not as bad as leaving fresh tracks in the snow for police to follow – or dropping your wallet or cell phone at the scene of your burglary. Then there is my personal favorite: posting your picture on your victim’s Facebook account while ripping off his house. That young man was later arrested, by the way. While Mr. Davidge is not in contention for FrontPoint’s “Stupidest Burglar” award, he at least gets honorable mention for his poor planning prior to his crime spree. The combination of his trying to stretch a tank of gas, a savvy homeowner with an armed and monitored alarm system, and some solid police work made the difference: this is one more perp who will be off the streets (and away from your home) for a while.
We’ll keep our eyes on the crime scene around the US, and report whenever we see important news about residential burglaries. It’s our goal to be your resource for the crime statistics, burglar behaviors, and the latest technologies to thwart intruders – including our very popular Top 10 Home Security Tips. FrontPoint is the only alarm company in the country to use safer cellular monitoring on every system we sell – and charge less for it. But what people really know us for is our smarter Interactive level of monitoring. Make sure your home is protected: by FrontPoint, the #1 rated alarm company in the US.