Sheriff: Suspect's Netflix viewing habits help lead to his arrest in residential burglary

Posted at 2:10 PM on Feb 7, 2019



A western Iredell County man faces three felony charges in connection with a residential break-in following an investigation by the Iredell County Sheriff's Office.

With the help Netflix and Amazon personnel, Jakob Treston Parsons, 19, was arrested on January 28 and charged with breaking and entering a building, larceny after breaking and entering, and larceny of a firearm, according to an ICSO news release.

The Sheriff's Office began investigating on November 29 after receiving a report about a residential breaking and entering on Ashbrook Road near Statesville, Sheriff Darren Campbell said.

An Amazon Firestick belonging to the victim was among the items stolen from the residence, along with two firearms, according to the news release. The victim soon noticed the Firestick was being used to access his Netflix account, which listed programs that the victim had not viewed.

Netflix and Amazon were able to provide an Internet Protocol (IP) address from which the suspect had accessed and viewed the programs, Campbell said.

ICSO then detectives sent a search warrant to the Internet Service Provider for identification of the account holder. While detectives were awaiting the search warrant results, Parsons was identified as a suspect after the victim’s neighbor reported finding him on the property, Campbell said.

Search warrant results confirmed the stolen Amazon Firestick was used at Parsons’ residence in western Iredell County.

As a result, Parsons was arrested and transported to the Iredell County Detention Center. Magistrate Tutterrow issued Parsons a $5,000 bond.

According to the ICSO, the suspect's criminal history includes the following charges two counts of misdemeanor possession of marijuana paraphernalia, misdemeanor possession of marijuana, and misdemeanor larceny.

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