Posted: Mar 26, 2013 4:44 PM by KATC
Updated: Mar 26, 2013 4:51 PM
An Iowa father and son were arrested for burglarizing an Opelousas business.
Police say real time surveillance system, Police Watch, monitored by OPD is the reason the pair was caught. Douglas Zaunbrecher Jr., 20, and his father, Douglas Zaunbrecher Sr., 46, were arrested for simple burglary, unauthorized use of a movable, and resisting an officer.
"OPD is the first law enforcement agency in the U.S. to prevent a burglary utilizing the "Virtual Patrol" dispatch feature in Police Watch" according to Louisiana Police Watch Director Terry Meche.
Police say on March 23, 2013, at 12:09 am OPD dispatchers did a live "Virtual Patrol" and observed two white men on the property of Progressive Tractor on I-49 Service Rd., located in Opelousas. Patrol officers were dispatched to the location.
According to authorities, OPD arrived at the business and located Douglas Zaunbrecher Jr. hiding in large brush just west of the business. Douglas Zaunbrecher Sr. was located near Harry Guilbeau and I-49 Service Rd. Zaubrecher Senior ran south through an open field and was apprehended by a OPD officers, assisted by Louisiana State Police investigators.
OPD was the first law enforcement agency in Louisiana to implement Police Watch tm, several months ago. Progressive Tractor invested in the Police Watch system. "OPD and Police Watch saved Progressive Tractor owners thousands and thousands of dollars by preventing this crime," stated Mr. Meche.
Investigators seized as evidence, a 4-door Ford truck and 16 foot closed-in trailer along with 35 Kubota, Cat, and John Deer keys.
Police say the pair was attempting to steal one or more ATV's valued at $16,000 each from Progressive Tractor.