A photo posted on Facebook by the Torrance Police Department — extracted from a stolen camcorder — that led to the arrest of a burglary suspect.

Sweet family video recordings from more than a decade ago in a camera recovered during a burglary investigation led Torrance police to identify a mom whose home was burglarized in 2011, authorities have disclosed.

Torrance police investigators arrested a suspect after a June 28 search warrant was served in Hawthorne. “Presumed stolen items” were found, including a hand-held camcorder, said Torrance police Sgt. Ronald Harris.

“Investigators extracted some photographs from the camcorder and later posted them to the Torrance (PD) Facebook page,” Harris said.

A photo posted on Facebook by the Torrance Police Department — extracted from a stolen camcorder — that led to the arrest of a burglary suspect.

The images were posted on Friday, he said.

The Facebook message read:

***ATTENTION: Do You Know This Family?***
While conducting a search warrant on a suspect’s home and locating stolen property, Torrance PD recovered a video camera appearing to belong to this family. The family is believed to be another set of residential burglary victims of this suspect.

Here is what we know: The mother is named Penny, the father is Todd, the oldest daughter is Brook (spelled without the “e”) and the baby is Morgan. The footage is believed to be taken sometime between 2004 and 2005, although the year may vary. Please share this with your family/friends and if you have any information, call 310 901-2931.

“A short time later, an El Segundo resident, who was forwarded the post, recognized a woman depicted in the photographs as a previous co-worker,” Harris said.

“She immediately began working with authorities, ultimately guiding them into identifying the victim who had her home burglarized in 2011.”

The name of the suspect arrested in the case was withheld because investigators believe he is connected to other burglaries and may have ties to a gang in Los Angeles, Harris said.

–City News Service

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