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Published April 10, 2012, 10:05 PM

Surveillance technology advances make equipment readily available

Fargo-Moorhead (WDAY TV) - O.J. Simpson's ex-girlfriend is behind bars tonight after allegedly stealing pain medication from a North Moorhead residence where she was an in-home nursing assistant. It's all because of a hidden surveillance unit installed by the homeowner.

O.J. Simpson's ex-girlfriend is behind bars tonight after allegedly stealing pain medication from a North Moorhead residence where she was an in-home nursing assistant. It's all because of a hidden surveillance unit installed by the homeowner.

Charging documents say Christie Prody was caught red-handed stealing both Morphine and Lorazepam from the homeowner. The camera was installed after the complainant suspected, but didn't have proof of Prody of stealing 300 oxycodone pills two months prior. For Moorhead Police nothing beats direct video evidence.

Lt. Brad Penas – Moorhead Police: “It led us to the suspect, that led to an interview of the suspect and the suspect confessed to the crime.”

Prody now faces two counts of 2nd Degree Burglary, two counts of theft and two counts of 5th degree drug possession.

Lt. Brad Penas: “Anytime you have video evidence like this, it's very difficult for a defense attorney to get into a courtroom and try to defend their client.”

Thanks to Hollywood, this is the same type of equipment that is available to anyone.

Don Fischer – Owner, The Spy Shop: “The pens have always been popular, they can either be audio or audio and video which is why people like them, you can stick them in your pocket.”

Spy Shop owner Don Fisher says it's just over the last five years that this kind of spy gear has changed. Gone are the days of VCRs and tapes. Now hours, even days of footage can be stored on tiny SD cards - and many times you can view the video from a mobile device anywhere in the world.

Don Fischer: “So anything from a watch to a calculator to a little smiley face button you can record on them and put in your home.”

Fischer says this kind of spy gear flies out the door on a daily basis, so you can never know when or who might be watching.

Don Fischer: “Cameras are everywhere, so people are starting to realize that, that you can get them and they're not something you have to order secretly offline.”

Both the homeowner and Prody declined WDAYs request for an interview, but the homeowner did say Prody was a nice, caring person. She is currently being held on a $10,000 bond.

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