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PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A homeowner who caught and detained a burglar in the act credits some recently installed security systems to help catch the thieves.

Edward Cerf, 20, and “admitted failed lookout” Gabriella Solis, 19, were arrested by Clackamas County deputies in the incident from the afternoon of October 18.

Around 2:15 p.m. that day, the homeowner called deputies after he detained Cerf, deputies said in a release. Cerf was wearing a gray jumpsuit with the name “Shawn” on it. Solis was found about a block away sleeping in her car.

Troy Eaton and Dawn Lisa-Desvoigne, the owners of the home located in the 8900 block of SE 139th in Happy Valley, said it has been burglarized three times in the last 10 days. 

“It’s a crime of opportunity,” Troy said. “As soon as they get the chance, I think word gets around the circles pretty quick.” 

Recently, they’ve had antiques, electronics and paintings taken, though that doesn’t even begin to amount for all of it. 

“It’s heartbreaking,” Dawn said. “These are things that my parents collected their whole lives.”  

Authorities said new security measures were installed and were instrumental in catching the pair. So when they saw Cerf, walking into their home like he owned it, they were determined not to let him get away with it. Troy, according to Dawn, held the man at gunpoint while she called deputies. They arrived minutes later and arrested Cerf. 

“We were tired of being victimized, tired of being traumatized and violated,” Dawn said. “We were determined to keep him there.” 

Cerf, from Oregon City, faces a burglary charge and also a parole violation. Solis, from Milwaukie, is charged with burglary. Both were booked into Clackamas County Jail. 

“It makes me feel like I took some power back from them,” Dawn said, “from these criminals.” 

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