Sioux Falls murder suspect Chris Kryger is behind bars tonight -- but without one crucial piece of evidence, he could still be on the loose.
It's a case of being at the right place and right time. The Masjid Attakwa Mosque had security cameras installed on the front and back of their building.
The mosque is just two houses away from where Kari Kirkegaard was killed.
What was captured on the surveillance video tipped off those who recognized the man in the video -- Christopher Kryger.
"Just look at it. This little camera is worth $1 million," said Abdulah Delibasic, Masjid Attakwa Mosque member.
Members of the mosque say they never imagined the security cameras on the front and the back of their building would help put a murder suspect behind bars.
"You know technology. That was it. You know, you put it in and you never know -- until one time," said Noure Belhaj, Masjid Attakwa member.
And what the video caught -- Christopher Kryger -- may have helped police solve a murder case even sooner.
"It's not to say that we wouldn't have to that same conclusion at a later time but it really sped the process up and helped us to identify who we believe the suspect is," said Sioux Falls Police Officer Sam Clemons.
"I think the video shot him from the back, from the side on the other side from the back of our building. The video caught him how he go inside the house from the back. We are so happy we have the camera that helped put somebody behind the bars because he killed innocent people. Very, very sad stuff that's happened in Sioux Falls, what's happened in our good neighborhood," said Delibasic.
Once the video was released to the public, Sioux Falls Police say it played a major part in figuring out who this person was.
"We had different people that recognized or thought they recognized who that person in the video was. But it really gave us a direction and a focus so it was a big part of the investigation," said Officer Clemons.
"That camera is just right time and right place," said Delibasic.
Delibasic says they plan to install more cameras around their mosque. They urge neighbors to call police anytime they see something suspicious going on and to always look out for one another.
Friday, August 1 2014 10:19 PM EDT2014-08-02 02:19:37 GMT
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