Spokane police are crediting a KXLY news crew with tailing a car prowler until officers could arrest him.
Jesse Johnson, whose criminal history dates back a decade, was spotted dashing across Division Street but his getaway was cut short and caught on camera.
Reporter Jeff Humphrey and photographer Brian Belanger were driving up Division when they noticed a man - later identified as Johnson - sprint across the roadway with a bag in his hands with employees from Coins Plus chasing him on foot.
The chase started when a Coins Plus employee checking surveillance cameras noticed someone rummaging through their boss' Honda in the back parking lot.
"The employee came outside and started to give chase and that's when you guys got involved," Spokane police Officer Kelly Gately said.
During the slow-speed pursuit Johnson repeatedly told the KXLY crew he had done nothing wrong but wouldn't stop trying to get away either.
Belanger shot cellphone video while a 911 dispatcher fed patrol officers information about Johnson's location.