Old iPhone used as security camera helps convict Knoxville burglary suspect

Jason Travis Sewell (source: Knox County Detention Center)
Jason Travis Sewell (source: Knox County Detention Center)

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – A burglary suspect was convicted Tuesday after he was caught in the act by a Knoxville homeowner who used an old iPhone as a security camera.

Jason Travis Sewell, 36, was convicted of aggravated burglary and under the terms of a plea agreement, must spend 15 years in prison.

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During the plea hearing, prosecutors said the victim saw a home invasion in progress at her Deane Hill Drive home by using an old iPhone as a security camera. She could see two people in her home, one of whom was wearing a tan coat.

Knoxville police officers responded and an officer was walking up the driveway when the garage door opened and a man wearing a tan coat, later identified as Sewell, came out carrying a large flat-screen TV. He tried to run, but was quickly caught.

“New technology has changed the way law enforcement fights crime, but it can help homeowners protect themselves and their property, too,” said DA Charme Allen. “The homeowner in this case was able to protect her home and stop a criminal in the act thanks to a creative use of technology.”

Sewell has 11 prior felony convictions including aggravated burglary, burglary and theft. Co-defendant, Gregory Alan Collins, pleaded guilty to aggravated burglary and is awaiting sentencing.

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