By Jeff Paul


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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – An armed burglar is in jail this week likely all because of one action that tipped a home owner off to call police.

Nate Gasser said he was shopping for a suit on Wednesday when his phone alerted him to a disconnected home camera.

“I see a guy in the backyard and I’m like, this is insane,” said Gasser. “The image on my phone is a hand reaching at the camera and so that’s pretty terrifying.”

The burglar, who was armed with a pistol, is seen on security camera footage rummaging through the house for valuables. Gasser immediately called 911 and raced back to his house.

“We hear the stories of burglaries that have happened and then they have a slow time to respond,” said Gasser.

By the time Gasser pulled up, police were not only already here, but they were inside wrestling with the suspect in the living room.

Gasser estimated it took police all of six minutes for police to get to his North Oak Cliff home. The suspect forgot to disconnect one camera, which captured the audio of his take-down.

“Tackled him, wrestled him, with a gun. Right? Like that doesn’t really happen,” said Gasser.

A few minutes later police caught the suspect, Zermerion Sykes, 17.

“They had a split-second. They could have absolutely done something else but this kid’s alive because they tried their hardest to make sure he stayed alive,” said Gasser.

The suspect was charged with burglary and is currently booked at the Dallas County Jail.

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