Church intruder caught by audio security

Operator Michael Young

Sharp bangs and sounds of movement inside a church basement alerted a Sonitrol Pacific operator to a break-in in progress, leading to police catching the suspect February 16.

Monitoring Operator Michael Young received an impact-activated alert from the First Presbyterian Church just before 11 p.m.  He heard several sharp bangs from the audio security sensors in the church’s fellowship hall, followed by sounds of someone moving around.  Young immediately called Kent Police.

Officers responded in about five minutes to the verified alarm.  They located a broken window and a suspect trying to escape through a basement door.  Police took the intruder into custody.

According to police, the suspect damaged some of the church’s interior doors and broke a few dishes, but was caught before any more damage could be done.