Suspected burglar caught on video inside detective's Palm Bay home
'I was not in nobody's house,' suspect says
PALM BAY, Fla. – A security video system alert at a New York Police Detective's home in Palm Bay allowed officers to reach the home before a burglar had left the premises, police said.
"I was not in nobody's house," burglary suspect Zachary Ian Newman told Palm Bay police officers after he was found in a portable toilet near the burglarized home. "Can I see the video? I want to see the video now."
"You'll be able to see the video in court," the officers told him during the video. "We have probable cause for your arrest."
Newman, 25, of Mims was charged Sunday with burglary of an unoccupied dwelling, grand theft, possession of burglary tools, criminal mischief and a probation violation. Newman was being held at the Brevard County Detention Center Wednesday without bail.
Police said Newman went to the officer's home about 8 p.m. Sunday. The detective, who was out of state, contacted Palm Bay police, who went to the home and found Newman in the portable toilet.
The detective used an exterior speaker at his home to speak with officers. An outside camera also allowed the detective to see the man officers had apprehended and confirm that he was the same person who was on video inside the home, Palm Bay police said.
"That looks just like him," the detective told the officers. "He is not authorized to be on my property."
The video shows the burglar removing one of the cameras inside the home. According to his affidavit, Newman dropped the camera in the toilet water in the outhouse.
Newman told police he was a fence installer completing work outside the home, the affidavit states.
Police said they found a couple of pieces of jewelry on Newman. The detective said the items recovered belonged to him.
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