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Man arrested after Ontario couple watches Florida home burglary via web cam

FORT MYERS, Fla. — A Canadian couple watched via web cam as a man broke into their Florida vacation home on Fort Myers Beach before turning the video over to authorities.

The surveillance tape helped Lee County sheriff's deputies arrest 45-year-old Thomas Hinton on Sunday, the day after the burglary.

He's charged with burglary and grand theft and was jailed on $160,000 bond.

The News-Press of Fort Myers says the couple reported the crime from their home in Ontario on Saturday night after seeing the man on a web cam.

The couple told deputies they watched as the man looked around a bedroom and kitchen area and took their daughter's purse and a $700 television.

Deputies later learned the man might also be connected to other area burglaries.

A deputy spotted the suspect Sunday and arrested him.

A hearing is scheduled for Oct. 5.

It's not clear whether Hinton has a lawyer.


The Associated Press

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