A probationer suspected of breaking into a Hemet home while it was being fumigated, and thrusting his face into a security surveillance camera before trying to disable it, was being held Monday in lieu of $35,000 bail.

Kevin Howard Hughes, 53, of Hemet was arrested and booked into the Byrd Detention Center in Murrieta on Sunday on suspicion of burglary, conspiracy and probation violations.

According to Hemet police Lt. Jeff Davis, detectives identified Hughes after releasing photographs and video of the break-in to media outlets and posting them on the police department’s Facebook page last Wednesday.

“The media attention was beneficial,” Davis said.

He said Hughes was located on Adams Street in Los Angeles and taken into custody without incident.

“A majority of the stolen property was recovered,” the lieutenant said.

The break-in happened about 2:15 a.m. on April 20 in the 600 block of Stetson Avenue, near Buena Vista Street. Police said the suspect targeted a home being fumigated, and was therefore temporarily unoccupied.

As Hughes was allegedly preparing to force his way through the front door, he noticed a doorbell security camera, staring into the device, then casually exhibiting his android mobile phone to reveal the time on the digital display, according to video images released by police.

Lt. Nate Miller alleged that Hughes tried to break the camera, but the video had already been automatically uploaded to the Cloud.

“The suspect, who was not wearing any protective equipment, then entered the toxic home and stole items,” the lieutenant alleged.

The amount of time the probationer allegedly spent rummaging inside the residence was not disclosed.

Court records show that Hughes has a prior misdemeanor conviction for forging a drug prescription.

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