The country is a perfect setting for crime, especially if no one is around.
“The homeowner was burglarized. No neighbors could really see the home. We thought that the suspects might come back,” said Mike Fiaschetti, an Investigator with Grimes County Sheriff’s Office.
Grimes County Investigators got together and brainstormed and came up with the idea to use motion-detecting game cameras to try and catch burglars.
“That camera is your witness to the crime. All of that is admissible in court,” said Fiaschetti, "We have solved several cases with these cameras."
Four suspects have been arrested by Grimes County Investigators this year due to game cameras catching the criminals allegedly stealing property from homes in rural areas.
Investigators typically hide the cameras in trees or other areas where the criminals would not suspect. Most game cameras don't make a sound or a flash so the criminals never even know they are there.
“You throw the picture out on the table and you say well this is you and then they just look like a deer in the headlights,” said Fiaschetti.
It’s an idea that caught investigators and criminals by surprise. The game trails cameras can be purchased at any sporting goods store. Prices typically range from $100 to $300 dollars.
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