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Police use trail cam to catch criminal

STEVENS POINT (WAOW) -- Stevens Point police are crediting a popular hunting tool for solving a string of burglaries. Tracy Osowski, 33, of Plover has been convicted of burglary and theft. Police say she was caught stealing on a trail camera.

It's a tool used by hunters to catch deer. Now, Stevens Point police say they're using it to catch criminals.

"It makes a case a lot more simple if we can catch the person actually doing it," said Sgt. Tony Babl.

Last year, Osowski was charged with burglary and theft. Police say she was caught on a trail camera.

"More and more people rely on media and video. Even jury's need to see video of something happening in order to get a conviction," explained Babl.

In August, a Stevens Point woman reported she had gone to a funeral and come home to find hundreds of dollars missing. The woman told police the only person in the home was Osowski. Osowski had been caring for the woman's husband.

But no charges were filed.

A few months later, the woman reported another burglary.

“The subject didn't know how money was being taken from her home. There wasn't a sign of forced entry,” said Babl.

That's when police installed a trail camera.

“They put a few of those in her home,” added Babl.

Police say, Osowski came back. This time she was caught going through the safe, and desk draws and it was all on camera.

“With the video and still pictures from that we identified the suspect,” said Babl.

Police say this isn't the first time they've used this kind of technology to solve a crime.

“We've used them a lot of graffiti, damage to property, and sometimes for burglaries," explained Babl.

According to court documents, Osowski said she was in the woman's home and stole some money. But, went out the back door when the woman came home.

Osowski plead no contest to the charges. She will be sentenced in December. Osowski is also charged with another burglary at a different house. There, police say, she stole money and a diamond ring.

Her lawyer could not be reached for comment.

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