Homeowner: Burglar May Have Taken Photos After Stealing iPad from Durham Home

The victim of one of last month's residential burglaries says pictures taken with his stolen iPad appeared in his photo collection about two hours after the break-in.


State police are investigating whether a burglar who broke into a home last month on Haddam Quarter Road in Durham took photos of himself and his family with an iPad stolen from the home.

Resident Michael Good said the device and a television were taken from his home on the morning of Nov. 26.

"They put a crowbar to my door even though it was dead bolted and just opened it with no problem at all. I think it slowed them down a second or two," Good told Patch.

While police have not returned phone calls about the investigation, Good said his family made a stunning discovery on the day of the break-in.

At 12:32 p.m., within just a couple of hours of the burglary, several photos were taken on the stolen iPad and automatically uploaded to Good's iCloud account.

One of the photos, Good says, more than likely shows the man who burglarized his home while the other photos appear to show the man's children, along with his wife or girlfriend.

"They did turn off the GPS on my iPad. Even kindergarten robbers know to turn off the GPS. I could have prevented that if I had password protected my iPad," said Good, who was able to erase all of the information on the device that evening. 

Investigators planned to share the photos with other law enforcement officials around the state in an effort to identify the man.

"They didn't steal anything that had sentimental value to us, and if they had then it really would have been much more traumatic. But fortunately they just took electronics that I replaced in a few days," said Good, who has since installed a security system at his home.

Meanwhile investigators are also looking into a Nov. 27 burglary on Parmelee Hill Road with similar circumstances.

According to the homeowner, burglars used a crow bar to gain entry through a back door before taking an iPad, iPhone and a small amount of cash.

"I have to say, I was totally stunned at how easily they got in. It might as well have been unlocked," the homeowner, who asked not to be identified, told Patch.

"The increased awareness for everyone in the community will mean that everyone is watching a little more closely and paying attention and not letting things go unnoticed," she said.

While a witness was able to provide police with a description of a vehicle spotted at the scene of the Haddam Quarter Road burglary — a green, older model foreign made compact car — no arrests have been made.

Anyone with information should call State Police at 860-399-2100.

nana of 5 December 10, 2012 at 07:31 PM
how well I know that. Never recovered one that was stole from us.....
Ex resident December 10, 2012 at 09:53 PM
How many home burglaries in Durham over the past five years, and how many suspects have been caught? My neighbors were robbed three times and I was unaware until after the third time only through another concerned neighbor. Suspects have never been caught. Home owners never contacted by state troopers again by troopers. Not after first time, second time or third time. Not even a phone call to these Durham residents.
Michael Hayes December 10, 2012 at 11:14 PM
I've deleted a couple of comments here, not because they violated our terms, but because they were pointless. Let's stay on discussion folks. To Ex resident, I'm not sure how many burglaries have been investigated over the past five years but I'm sure the number is not insignificant. As for the number of arrests, while it sounds ideal, police can't possibly solve every crime in every town. Just doing a quick check on the website, here's a couple of arrests for burglaries last year: http://durham.patch.com/articles/police-pair-arrested-in-durham-confess-to-burglaries http://durham.patch.com/articles/police-two-charged-with-burglarizing-durham-home
David D December 10, 2012 at 11:40 PM
Facts are that a high number of burglars are captured and successfully prosecuted. Hopefully the CSP are actively pursuing leads and will solve these burglaries, before others are victimized. Unfortunately the CSP is working with fewer troopers and detectives, so don't hold your breath unless some of the loot is pawned or somebody talks. Finally, we need to keep our eyes open, since we notice when things re out of the norm. Many of us now carry cellphones and have instant access to 911 and better yet can capture our own photographs of suspicious activity. It's not just for terrorism, SEE SOMETHING... SAY SOMETHING....
Skiprotyp04 December 20, 2012 at 03:39 AM
Why does the CSP keep everything quiet in Durham? It's a shame the public is kept out of the loop about what really goes on in Durham


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