Technology backfired on three young men booked with theft of two outdoor surveillance cameras worth a total of $1,000 when a camera got a photo of one of them and it went to the phone of the property owner, Sheriff James Pohlmann said.
The cameras were on trees on property in eastern St. Bernard Parish and had Internet connectivity, making the photo go straight to the phone of the land owner, the sheriff said. He discovered the theft and called the Sheriff’s Office.
One of the thieves was directly identified through the photo when he was later stopped for driving recklessly and the other two were also in the vehicle, the sheriff said.
Both stolen cameras were recovered at the home of one of the passengers in the vehicle and all were booked with theft. The owner was given the cameras back by deputies.
The three arrested Nov. 16 and booked with theft are Ryan Bartholomew and Tyler Mauroner, both 19 and from Lacombe; and Trey Raybon, 17, 1225 Bayou Road in eastern St. Bernard
Bartholomew was the one whose picture the land owner received on his phone and showed sheriff’s deputies. He was also driving recklessly in eastern St. Bernard after the thefts and was recognized when he was stopped, the sheriff said.
The cameras were recovered at Raybon’s home.
Raybon was being held in St. Bernard Parish Prison.on $5,000 bond and the other two were released on $2,000 bonds.