Police: Man caught in the act breaking into house twice

SANDUSKY, Ohio - One man's home security system helped catch a burglar in the act, according to Sandusky police.

Police responded to a report of a break-in on Sycamore Line Monday.

The back door was kicked in and jewelry in the home was missing, according to the police report.

The homeowner, Johnny Reed, called police back a short time later. He talked to FOX 8 on Tuesday.

Reed said he noticed someone inside his home at around 2:30 p.m. Monday through a surveillance camera linked to his cell phone.

“Out of all the seconds in a day it was a two second time period where I looked and happened to catch a sweatshirt walking by,” Reed said. “I didn't think it was real because I was like, ‘oh that must've been a video from earlier,’ and I looked down and it said live footage and it was just complete panic mode.”

Reed, who owns a nearby store, CR Exchange, said he quickly locked the store and rushed home where he confronted the suspect in a bedroom.

Surveillance footage showed Reed wrestling the suspect onto a couch, punching him and restraining him until police arrived.

Sandusky police arrested Andrew Hammonds, 53, on charges of burglary and receiving stolen property.

Police had been at the home about an hour earlier for an alarm call for a break-in, during which a door was kicked in.

Investigators found jewelry on Hammonds that was stolen during that earlier break-in, according to an incident report.

Reed said Hammonds had been working for him at his store for a few days leading up to the burglary.

“He's been struggling and he comes in, and I gave him the opportunity to work,” Reed said.

Hammonds was convicted in 2008 on charges including burglary and theft and was recently released from prison. He is being held in the Erie County Jail on the new charges.

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