General Crime

* San Leandro home prowlers caught on Dutton Avenue with help of neighbor

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Police said that a quick-thinking resident helped officers apprehend suspects who burglarized a San Leandro home on Wednesday. The resident called police at about 9:45 p.m. regarding prowlers who were in a home’s backyard in the 300 block of Dutton Avenue, police said. The prowlers allegedly entered the home’s basement while police were en route.

“Because an alert resident notified police as the crime was occurring, it gave officers ample time to arrive on scene and ultimately arrest three burglary suspects,” Sgt. Ted Henderson said. Two male suspects fled the home as officers arrived, and police established a perimeter before searching the area with the assistance of a BART police K-9 unit. At the same time, an officer noticed a suspicious vehicle in the area and detained the vehicle’s driver, who was later allegedly connected to the burglary.

After the perimeter was canceled, two officers who remained in the area spotted the two at-large suspects walking out of a yard on Oakes Boulevard, whose homes are adjacent to those on Dutton Avenue. One of the men was immediately taken into custody, and the other was arrested after he was located on a home’s roof.

All three suspects were arrested on suspicion of burglary and were transported to the city jail.”This was a great example of what can happen when the community and police work together to solve crimes in our neighborhoods,” Henderson said. As of Friday, the investigation was ongoing and was trying to establish a motive for the burglary.

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