Man arrested in Puunui home burglary as sales in surveillance cameras increase

Corey Faulkner

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It was a brazen home burglary caught on camera. Now, the suspect is behind bars.

The homeowner says thanks to the video KHON2 aired in newscasts, Honolulu Police got tips, which led to his arrest.

The victim says she hasn’t gotten here TV and laptop back, but catching the suspect in the act proved priceless.

Alarm companies are reporting a spike in sales of surveillance.

Gina Ornellas’ home surveillance cameras captured footage of the burglary Wednesday morning.

She gave KHON2 a copy and we called on our viewers to help identify the thief. On Friday night, tips to Honolulu Police led to his arrest.

“So many people watch KHON2, so it was really great,” Ornellas said. “They got so many calls is what they said, they said tons, and they were telling him he was here, there and they were able to track him to his girlfriends house, so that was great and it was all because of you guys.”

Police arrested 23-year-old Corey Faulkner at a home in Mililani for first-degree burglary.

“The cops said when they went up to the door to arrest him, they said ‘Do you know why we are here?’ He said ‘Yeah, I saw myself on TV,'” Ornellas said.

Her security camera system was installed about six months ago after other home burglaries in her neighborhood. She’s not the only one to do so.

“We are installing video systems every day,” Alert Alarm of Hawaii President and CEO John Cannon said.

Alert Alarm of Hawaii says that part of their business is booming.

“Today, with the level of detail you can get off of these cameras, there is a significant amount of detail that can be handed over the law enforcement,” Cannon said.

Inside the company’s monitoring station, they can go back over video to pin point key information.

“You are watching a whole row of cars, and go to the fifth row, which is 600 feet away and drill down and read a license plate,” Cannon said.

While camera quality has increased, the cost to own one has not.

A security camera can start at $50 to $100 a piece, and goes up in price depending on your budget and need.

“Video footage that people want is that after the fact detail of what happened and what triggered the break-in through front door or glass breaking in back yard,” Cannon said.

Ornellas says knowing someone was caught and arrested thanks to her security cameras is priceless.

“It’s well worth the peace of mind alone, I didn’t get my property back, but at least he’s behind bars,” Ornellas said.

Police are still trying to recover her property.

Faulkner remains at the HPD cellblock for burglary and is awaiting charges.

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