'I looked at the video and didn't recognize the person'

EUGENE, Ore. - Michael Bennett and his wife were trying out the new Korean restaurant downtown when his home security system notified his smartphone that someone was in their South Willamette Street home.

"My daughter had been in and out of the home all day," Bennett said. "At first I thought it was just my daughter, and so I almost didn't look at it."

The security system, called Canary, learns the homeowner's habits. When it detects an unfamiliar presence, the owner gets an alert.

Bennett's home security system sent a video to his phone just before 5 p.m.

"I looked at the video," he said, "and didn't recognize the person."

The man was leaving the house as Bennett arrived home.

"He had a crowbar that he could have easily clocked me with if he wanted to do me harm," he said. "That was very unnerving, and needless to say, we rested very little last night. He's done a lot of damage to the inside of the home as far as trying to get in."

Bennett said jewelry, electronics and prescription medications were taken during the break-in.

Police arrived at the house shortly after Bennett saw the suspect leave.

Officers located a possible suspect a few blocks away at a restaurant on Willamette Street.

The man initally gave officers a false identification. Officers eventually identified the man as Mark Leslie Haskins, 54, of Florence.

Police took Haskins into custody on charges of two counts of Burglary in the First Degree, Possession of Burglary Tools, False Information to a Police Officer, and two outstanding warrants.

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