For weeks, 21-year-old Donato Garcia Jr. was allegedly terrorizing communities throughout Mesa, Arizona. Dubbed the “Doggie Door Burglar,” Garcia is accused of crawling through dog doors to break into and burglarize homes.

With a lack of adequate evidence to apprehend the “Doggie Door Burglar,” Mesa residents began to feel helpless, but thanks to a neighbor’s Ring Video Doorbell, Garcia is now behind bars.

One night, at around three o’clock in the morning, Dale Viers’ Ring Video Doorbell recorded footage of a stranger creeping around his porch. Dale filed a police report a few days later, but since the stranger didn’t commit any crimes, police weren’t interested in the video.

A few weeks later, Dale saw an ABC15 news report on a “Doggie Door Burglar” who broke into three homes in his neighborhood, and he immediately recognized the suspect as the stranger captured by his Ring Video Doorbell. Dale contacted the news station and told them that he had video of the suspect, and ABC15 took the footage and ran a story on it:

Dale quickly learned that, just minutes after his Ring Video Doorbell recorded Garcia lurking on his porch, the “Doggie Door Burglar” targeted three other homes on his block, breaking into a shed, ransacking a car, and stealing a bike and power tools.

Witnesses of previous break-ins confirmed that the stranger in Dale’s video was the “Doggie Door Burglar,” and with the corroborated evidence, police suddenly had a case against the suspect.

The very next day, Garcia was arrested:

It’s no question that Ring Video Doorbells help keep your home secure and your family safe. But one of the most powerful aspects of Ring is its effect on communities as a whole.

We’ve already highlighted a number of stories about neighborhoods rallying around videos recorded by Ring, including communities in Columbus, Kansas City and Olympia that combined Ring with social media to put crooks behind bars. And the arrest of the “Doggie Door Burglar” is just another testament to the effect that Ring can have on proactive communities.

Ring helps concerned citizens create a neighborhood watch for the digital age. Instead of sketchy descriptions of local criminals and weekly watch meetings, citizens can now arm themselves with HD video from Ring, and instantly spread the word and mobilize via social media and apps like Nextdoor. When homes are protected by Ring, and neighbors are connected thanks to social media, communities can extend the Ring of Security around their entire neighborhood.

To see firsthand how Ring helps communities reduce burglaries, watch this video of our partnership with the LAPD. And if you want to create a neighborhood watch in your own community, check out this article.