Cameras catch neighbor burglarizing home of Ogden police officer

Jul 18 2013 - 8:22am


PLEASANT VIEW -- A man was arrested after robbing the wrong neighbor.

A Pleasant View resident experienced a string of burglaries in his home over the past few months and decided enough was enough, police said. The resident suspected his neighbor was the culprit and set up several surveillance cameras.

Perhaps the thief's biggest mistake was that he was stealing from an officer with the Ogden Police Department.

After the homeowner went on vacation, the neighbor, Jeremy Phoenix, 33, broke into his house four times, said Pleasant View Police Chief Scott Jackson.

Several items were stolen, including $2,000 from a safe in the garage.

Phoenix even spotted one of the surveillance cameras and destroyed it and the memory card. He missed one in the garage, which caught him in the act, Jackson said.

The resident confronted the neighbor with his footage and taped a confession.

Phoenix was arrested and charged with four counts of burglary and four counts of theft. Destroying the surveillance camera also earned him a charge of tampering with evidence.

He was taken to jail with bail set at $32,500.


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