Killeen: Surveillance video, Facebook photo lead to burglary conviction

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KILLEEN, Texas (KWTX) A man with a burglary conviction in 2007 in Williamson County has been sentenced to 19 years in prison for breaking into a home in Killeen and stealing electronics and jewelry.

Johnny Lightfoot Valdez. (Jail photo)

A neighbor’s surveillance camera recorded video of the car in which Johnny Lightfoot Valdez, 30, and another man were riding as they pulled up to Brenda Rey’s home on Generation Drive in June 2017.

"It was still daylight and I knew right away something happened," Rey said.

Several days after the break-in, Valdez appeared in a Facebook photo wearing some of the jewelry taken from the home.

For weeks, Rey collected information on Valdez and turned it over to police.

An arrest warrant was issued in August 2017 and Valdez was taken into custody in Austin.

He was indicted as a repeat offender for burglary of a habitation with intent to commit theft on Nov. 29, 2017 and he was sentenced last week.

"Finally there's going to be justice," Rey said.

She says she knew the risks she would face she took on her case.

“I knew it was so dangerous to do this but for my kids to get their peace back I knew that needed to be done," Rey said.