Jul 24, 2013 8:23 PM by Connie Tran, KSBY News
The Paso Robles Police Department credits video surveillance in helping capture a burglary suspect from Monday.
Police said at 3:44pm on Monday, officers responded to a vehicle burglary. They said 29-year old San Luis Obispo County resident Joseph Oliver Godfrey allegedly broke into a pickup truck in the parking lot of the Cregor's Liquor and Deli Store on Spring Street. Police said Godfrey allegedly took a purse from the truck- and the whole thing was capture on video surveillance.
Jerry Baltzer, the owner of Cregor's, said he installed surveillance cameras about five years ago. There is even a sign on the front door of his business that says, "smile, our cameras are watching you". Baltzer said he has cameras both inside and outside of his store.
Baltzer said, "We've used it for shoplifting as I've said. I've used it for, to see how customer service is. Just unbelievable, lots of things."
According to police, the truck that Godfrey allegedly broke into and the purse that he allegedly took, was a Cregor's employee. She said her truck was locked.
"Video surveillance captured the crime so police officers went back and looked at it, and were able to identify the suspect and catch the crime in progress or at least a review of it later," said Lt. Ty Lewis with Paso Robles Police Department.
Police said it would have been nearly impossible to arrest the suspect, if it weren't for the recordings from the camera.
Baltzer said small business owners should think about investing in surveillance cameras for those just in-case moments- and police agree.
Lewis said, "They're becoming so much more affordable these days and over the years we really have seen a huge you know boom to the business community that have invested in that type of technology and security equipment."
Police said the investigation into the burglary is still under investigation.
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