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Canadian couple watches beach home burglary via web cam

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Posted at 9:43 AM, Sep 09, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-09 09:43:00-04

FORT MYERS, Fla. - A Canadian couple watched via web cam as a man broke into their Florida vacation home on Fort Myers Beach before turning the video over to authorities.

The surveillance tape helped Lee County sheriff's deputies arrest 45-year-old Thomas Hinton on Sunday, the day after the burglary. He's charged with burglary and grand theft and was jailed on $160,000 bond.

The News-Press of Fort Myers reports the couple reported the crime from their home in Ontario, Canada, on Saturday night after seeing the man on a web cam. Deputies later learned the man might also be connected to other area burglaries.

A deputy spotted the suspect Sunday and arrested him.

A hearing is scheduled for Oct. 5. It's not clear whether Hinton has a lawyer.