OCEAN PARK — Thanks to clever use of technology and a tip from a citizen, sheriff’s deputies on Nov. 23 arrested Terrence James Eager, who is suspected of burgarizing an Ocean Park home.

On the evening of Nov. 22, 911 dispatchers received a report of a burglary-in-progress at a home in the 1800 block of 227th street, according to a Pacific County Sheriff’s Office press release. The caller, who lived in Oregon, said he had surveillance cameras set up at the Ocean Park property that were programmed to alert him of disturbances. The caller said he was watching remotely, as an intruder moved around the fenced-in property, trying doorknobs and entering a shed. He was even able to provide a description of the alleged intruder, according to the press release.

As deputies were en route to the home, the caller advised dispatchers that the burglar had taken a camera from the property. At the scene, the deputies had to scale a fence to search for the alleged burglar. By then, he had fled. Deputies canvassed the area, but were unable to find him. However, they were able to obtain a clear photograph of the suspect from surveillance camera footage, and they recognized Eager, 30, from previous law enforcement incidents.

The following day, deputies received a tip that Eager was at his trailer, and went to visit him. Eager allegedly told a deputy he knew why he was there, and subsequently said that he had stolen an item from a different address, but had returned it to the owner and apologized. The deputy then informed Eager that he was actually investigating a different incident, and showed Eager a photo of him on the property. Eager then allegedly admitted to jumping the fence, and stealing the camera and a pair of boots.

Eager was arrested and booked into Pacific County Jail on suspicion of residential burglary. He has since been released.

Records show that Eager has been a “frequent flier” in the Pacific County court systems since at least 2003 when he was still a teenager. Charges over the years have included criminal trespass, possession of methamphetamine, vehicle prowl, 4th degree assaults, protection order violations and a variety of other infractions. In 2005, he was arrested during the course of another alleged burglary in progress.

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