Doorbell camera helps MPD with arrest

By Bonnie Culverhouse

A homeowner’s doorbell camera aided in the arrest of a local man who broke into her Britt Street residence.

Edgar Brooks, 58, of the 1300 block of Sheppard St., Minden, was arrested by Minden Police for felony unauthorized entry.

Chief Jared McIver said Sgt. Mitch Hackett was dispatched to the complainant’s residence around 2 p.m. Wednesday.

“The resident said she had left around noon and when she returned, she found her carport door had been kicked in,” McIver said. “Lt. Chris Hammontree, K-9 Tigo and Sgt. Hackett conducted a search of the residence but found the only thing disturbed was the carport door.”

Sgt. Hackett reportedly walked through the residence with the homeowner, who found nothing missing.

“She then showed officers pictures from her doorbell camera,” said the chief. “It showed a black male with a bald head and glasses at her carport door around 1 p.m. The complainant also had doorbell photos of the same male at her carport door on August 4.”

McIver said around 5 p.m. Wednesday, the male returned to her residence. Lt. Hammontree and Sgt. Chris Cayer observed him walking away from the house. He was arrested and his identification fit the male in the doorbell camera photos.

He was booked at Minden Police Department and transported to Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center.

“If folks are able to utilize doorbell and security cameras, it would definitely aid the Minden Police Department in apprehending violators,” McIver said. “The more cameras, the more angles and the more eyes we have, the better our chances of catching the criminals.”

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