Houston couple use mobile app to help police catch burglary suspects

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by Rucks Russell / KHOU 11 News

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Posted on January 31, 2014 at 11:16 PM

Updated Saturday, Feb 1 at 5:45 PM

HOUSTON -- Carl Walden and his wife Kanidtha weren’t home when thieves broke into their south Houston home.

“When I came home I saw the garage was opened,” said Kanidtha.

“It could have been a lot worse,” said Carl.

The thieves kicked through the back door and ransacked the place, stealing televisions, jewelry, laptop computers and iPads.

“So I walked back to the car and I called 911 around 11:15,” said Kanidtha.

But after waiting for more than two hours for police to show up, the Waldens took matters into their own hands.

“We used the Find My iPhone app and Google Earth,” said Kanidtha.

That’s when Carl, who has a concealed weapons permit, loaded his guns and headed out.

“You can’t always rely on someone else,” said Carl.

Kanidtha pleaded with him to stay.

"I said no don't go, wait for the police," said Kanidtha. "He said, 'I'm not going to wait for the police. I'm leaving.'"

When Carl arrived at the apartment complex, he called the Texas City Police. They managed to recover the stolen goods and arrested two suspected thieves.

Carl is an offshore oil man and has never worked in law enforcement, but he had a stern warning for anyone who might try something like this again.

"Just be known that if you get in my house, you can run but you can't hide from me," said Carl. "I'll find you somehow."

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