Surveillance footage leads to arrest of breaking and entering suspect

Michael Fabiano Jr. (Dartmouth Police Department photo)

With holiday preparations come many home deliveries of goods that people order online for gifts and personal use.

It’s also a time when porch pirates become a bigger problem.

Porch pirates are people who go onto your property, usually a front porch where a package may be left by a delivery service, and steal it.

New technology on the market is giving residents the upper hand in the fight against porch pirates, however, and police credit it with helping them catch suspects.

This type of technology led to the arrest of 28-year-old Michael Fabiano Jr., of New Bedford, who is an alleged porch pirate.

A Dartmouth homeowner told police his camera’s motion-sensing technology pinged on his phone, showing his property in real time as a man and woman allegedly broke into his home on Stoneledge Road Wednesday at about 6:30 p.m.

The homeowner also reported that he saw the suspects leave the scene in an SUV.

An officer identified the suspect’s SUV a Toyota Forerunner consistent with one Fabiano owned.

He was later spotted on Rockdale Avenue and after a foot chase, was taken into custody.

Fabiano was charged with felony breaking and entering, larceny over $1,200 and resisting arrest. He was also charged with an outstanding arrest warrant for shoplifting.

During the investigation, said police, several of the stolen items were recovered.

Authorities are looking at the video and trying to identify the second suspect.

Meanwhile, few weeks ago, a Westport woman used a camera that doubles as a phone charging cube to help police catch 38-year-old Kevin Dias. He was arrested and charged for breaking into the woman’s apartment twice in two weeks.

"It was what got him caught,” said Det. Jeff Majewski of the Westport Police Department. “The surveillance video is what got him caught."

(NBC 10’s Miles Montgomery contributed to this report.)

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