On July 16, 2013 at approximately 10:16AM, MVPD received a call from an alert resident who witnessed two Hispanic males going into his neighbor’s backyard. In light of recent residential burglaries, several officers responded to the scene to assist in setting up a perimeter. Fortunately, the witness also remained on the phone with dispatchers and continued to provide critical information about the suspect’s clothing, current location and point-of-entry. By the time officers arrived, they knew the suspects were still in the backyard as the witness had not see them leave.
As officers began to search the backyard, they came across two suspects who fled on foot before officers were able to detain and ultimately arrest them for 647(h)PC Prowling and 182 PC Conspiracy. Additionally, one of the suspects was found to be in possession of a custom painted firearm later identified as a pellet gun.
“This call is a great example of how and why it is so important for witnesses to stay on the line with us when we’re dealing with an in-progress situation,” says Lt. Oselinksy of MVPD. “We are able to ensure the public’s safety, as well as our officers’ safety, when we receive a continuous flow of solid information from someone who has eyes on the situation.”
Acting Sgt. Beninger added by stating, “We potentially prevented a larger crime from occurring thanks to the help of this watchful neighbor. You will hear us say this over and over again, but it’s true. If you see something that doesn’t feel right to you, call us.”
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