Neighbors help nab burglary suspects

Published On: Jul 03 2012 05:03:04 PM CDT   Updated On: Jul 03 2012 05:41:37 PM CDT
HOUSTON -

Neighbors who spotted suspicious activity in their neighborhood helped deputies catch two burglary suspects.

J.D. Lockhart and his wife, Vanessa, said they spotted a suspicious car in the 13000 block of Candlewood Glen in the Silverglenn North subdivision in northwest Harris County about 11 a.m. Tuesday. They wrote down the license plate.

"You had one guy driving and you had another guy sitting in the back seat, and no one else in the passenger side," Lockhart said.

Harris County sheriff's deputies said they think the pair was casing the neighborhood while a third man broke into a home of a family that was away on a vacation.

A neighbor reported the break-in.

Residents said that deputies arrived right as one of the suspects was walking down a sidewalk and talking on his cellphone. He was arrested. A second suspect was arrested a short time later, after the Lockharts gave deputies the license plate number of the suspicious vehicle.

"We have to have our eyes open, look around, make sure we are paying attention and communicate," Lockhart said. "Communicate with the police, too."

Residents said thieves have targeted several homes in the area over the past few weeks.

"We're trying to get a grip on it," resident Rodney Wallace said. "What happened today is we had a lot of neighbors participate, and that's what we need."

Investigators said a third person believed to be involved got away. A description of that person has not been released.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.