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Surveillance cameras help catch murder suspect

19-year-old Brandon Harrington 19-year-old Brandon Harrington

By Tayleigh Davis - bio | email

CORDELE, GA (WALB) - Cordele Police credit surveillance cameras with helping them catch a killer. The city installed dozens of cameras around town last year.

Investigators were able to use captured video to help pinpoint a man suspected of murdering an elderly woman in her home.  

Just imagine a camera tracking your every move. Police placed surveillance cameras in high crime areas around Cordele.

Police say they also keep suspects from gathering in areas whey they may commit a crime.

60 surveillance cameras have their lenses focused on Cordele's high crime spots. Police Chief Dwayne Orrick says the camera labeled Clara Scott South caught 19-year-old Brandon Harrington after police found 72-year-old Mamie Wright murdered in her home Wednesday January 5th.

"We had a camera pointing directly at his house because of complaints," said Chief Orrick. "We were able to capture him walking into his house right before Mrs. Wright called the police department and said that she had been shot."

Investigators searched through more than 26 hours of video before they saw Harrington carrying items they say he stole from the victim's home during a burglary she interrupted. Neighbor Feliecity Fenn knows Harrington. She says she's glad the cameras were installed about six months ago to keep her streets safe.

"I grew up with him and he was one of my neighborhood friends and it was shocking for me to hear that he did that," said Fenn. "There is a lot of stuff going on and I don't want my mom or my sister or anyone in the community to get hurt."

That's why police set up cameras at intersections and neighborhoods notorious for armed robberies, drugs, and gang activity.

The police department has set up three cameras on the corner of 3rd Street and 16th Avenue because several stores on this corner have been targeted before.

Sgt. Jeremy Taylor says the video comes in handy when suspects' explanations of a crime don't match up.

"On a good note you don't want to have to use these cameras but we're trying to prevent crimes before we have to go back and find it," said Taylor.

Police continue to monitor the city through these lenses to discourage crime. The Police department got a $450,000 grant to install the cameras.

It will cost about $20,000 a year to operate. Officials say the cameras will save money in the long run when it comes to overtime costs, attorney, and court expenses.

The cameras currently work on wireless Internet cards. The department wants to upgrade to fiber optic cable soon to allow for better picture quality.

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