Home security footage and social media sleuthing caught a Massachusetts burglary suspect this week.

Video from a Wellesley home’s security camera showed a man sneaking around the kitchen as the family slept.


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A detective thought he recognized the suspect in the video, and he turned to Facebook. There, he found a photo of the suspect wearing the same fleece that he donned during the alleged burglary.

Authorities then arrested Joseph Ecker, who is now suspected in a string of other break-ins as well. 

WCVB reported:

[Ecker] was arrested and charged with unarmed burglary, breaking and entering a building and a vehicle at night and larceny from a building. Ecker was held on $15,000 bail after his arraignment.

Police said it appears Ecker found a key to the house in an unlocked vehicle and used the opportunity to go into the house. He is also suspected in several other car break-ins in the area.

Police said they recovered the Bluetooth speaker at Ecker's home and items believed stolen during similar car breaks in the area.

Watch the surveillance video above.


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