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In Westport, camera catches burglary suspect inside apartment

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WESTPORT — A woman’s decision to invest in a home surveillance camera paid off when it alerted her to a break-in at her apartment.

The police were called to 32 Kirby Road at 1:23 p.m. Tuesday after a caller told the police she had a real-time surveillance system and a man was inside her apartment stealing items.

As the police arrived at the residence, the woman told officers she could see the suspect look out the window as they arrived and that the suspect went into an apartment next door.

Entering the other apartment, officers said they located Kevin Dias, 38, of Tiverton, hiding behind clothes inside a small closet. The police learned the apartment belonged to Dias’ girlfriend. They said the girlfriend was cooperative, identified Dias and spoke with him on the phone while he was hiding. She also told the police she attempted to get him to exit the apartment on his own, which he refused.

The police said Dias also refused to come out of the closet at the orders of the police and then fought with officers. After his arrest, he denied committing a crime, later telling the police he was afraid because he had a five-year jail sentence “hanging over his head on a previous Rhode Island case.”

Officers viewed the video and identified Dias as the break-in suspect. The victim told officers the apartment also had been broken into last week, which precipitated the camera installation. At that time, coins, jewelry and a friend’s birthday card with a $40 Victoria’s Secret gift card were taken.

After obtaining a search warrant, officers say they located the sweatshirt the suspect was seen wearing in the video as well as some of the jewelry. Officers also located a receipt from Victoria’s Secret and clothing purchased on the gift card a day earlier.

Dias was charged with breaking and entering in the daytime, malicious damage to the apartment door from prying it open and resisting arrest.

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