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March 13, 2012 at 10:14 AM

Goal: Photograph snooping bear; Result: Picture of burglar

The Associated Press

LONGVIEW – A Cowlitz County woman who bought a wildlife camera to see if a black bear was still poking around her place near Lexington found it had also snapped a picture of a burglar, according to a story in The Daily News.

Gayle Kiser used a motion-activated camera that employs infrared sensors to capture images of game, even in the dark.

From The Daily News story:

Kiser checked the images on the camera after thieves last fall began raiding her property. She was hit by a half-dozen thefts involving losses of metal, a riding lawnmower, a generator and several chickens from her barn. One of the time-stamped images on the camera’s memory card showed the back of a man in her driveway around 3 a.m. The image wasn’t clear enough to identify a suspect, but it gave her a much better idea of what was going on around her house while she was away or sleeping.

“It really creeped me out,” Kiser said.

The popularity of these cameras is spreading from hunters to home security.

Bob’s Sporting Goods in Longview says 90 percent of the game cameras now sold by the store are used for security.

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