Burglar Arrested After Hiding In Mobile Home Insulation

| by Alexander Rubinstein

The owner of a mobile home in Des Moines, Iowa, called police after his security system sent photos to his smartphone of a burglary in action.

This wasn't the first time the homeowner -- who wished to remain anonymous -- had been the victim of a burglary, according to KCCI. His house was reportedly burglarized in 2013, and after the incident, he had motion detection cameras installed.

It was these cameras that alerted him to the burglary in progress on Monday morning.

“He looked at the cameras and saw someone strange inside his house,” said Sgt. Debra Richardson of the Des Moines Police Department.

Officers arrived on the scene at 10:40 p.m. and found the doors to the home locked and no signs of forced entry.

The homeowner came home and unlocked his door. Police found a hole that had been kicked in inside the closet.

Officers still could not find the suspect, so police surrounded the home and brought in a K-9 dog, KCCI reported.

The K-9 led them to an area underneath the mobile home, according to police. The man came out after police pulled the skirting off between the ground and the floor of the home. The man had tools and items taken from the home on him, police said.

“Then it goes below the trailer to a skirting area and we could see tools, bags and equipment down below there,” said Richardson. “We were able to see the suspect hiding up in between the insulation between the bottom of the trailer, pulling himself up on some bars.”

"It is shocking to me," neighbor Mary Frederick told KCCI. "I mean it's not something I've ever heard of happening out here."

Douglas Hensley, 49, was arrested and charged with second-degree burglary and interference with official acts. His bail is pending at $10,300. Hensley was caked with mud and exposed to sewage while under the home.

According to Cammy, homes without security systems are three times as likely to be broken into, and one-third of residential assaults occur due to a burglary. Around 20 percent of homes that have been burglarized are targeted more than once.

“Cameras are always a good idea," Richardson added. 

Asked whether she would recommend them, the police sergeant said, “I would. I have it in our house.”

Sources: KCCI, Cammy

Photo credit: Screenshot via KCCI