A Roseville woman wasn't even in the state when she helped catch a burglar lurking in her home thanks to her smart phone and a live video feed.
The woman called 911 after she was alerted about the burglary.
"She said she just received an alert on her smart phone application, which indicated that several motion sensors had been activated inside her home," according to a criminal complaint filed Wednesday. "She logged into her remote video and observed an unknown person inside her home."
Kennis R. Littleton Jr., 31, of St. Paul, was charged in Ramsey County District Court with one count of second-degree burglary in the Tuesday incident.
According to the complaint: After receiving a call from the woman, who was out of state, police responded to her home about 8 a.m. Police set up a perimeter around the home, and found a van backed into the woman's driveway.
The woman told authorities that she didn't recognize the van. She was also able to watch the suspect carry a bag out of her residence, and provided police with a description of his clothing.
"She had equipped her residence with a WIFI home security system, which included motion sensors and real time video monitoring," the complaint said.
Police found Littleton hiding between the seats of the van. He refused to surrender, and was apprehended with the help of a police K-9, the complaint said. Officers recovered jewelry from his pocket. Additional jewelry, a safe, a change jar and other items were recovered in the van.
Littleton allegedly told police he chose the house at random, and then declined further comment.
Roseville police issued a news release about the case Wednesday, crediting the $3.99 mobile app, Cloud Baby Monitor, for aiding in the arrest.
"According to the Roseville homeowner, she purchased the I-Phone (sic) application, a monitoring hub and two motion detectors for less than $200, and installed the hardware and software in her home before traveling to Kansas," said the police news release.
Littleton's criminal record includes convictions for theft. He is on probation for a robbery conviction in 2014.