Aug 20, 2012 12:25 PM by Matt Stafford

Self-appointed neighborhood watch group stops possible burglary

A self-appointed neighborhood watch group in Colorado Springs helped the police department catch two juveniles, allegedly trying to steal a car.

In a report, police say four residents woke up just after four a.m. Sunday to the sound of a car alarm. This was near the 6900 block of Churchwood Circle, near Woodmen Road and Rangewood Drive. According to police the neighbors, "got together immediately and forged a plan to catch the would-be thieves."

Police say the juveniles were cornered by the neighbors; one was caught and one ran away. 30 minutes after police arrived they spotted the second juvenile; he was arrested after hiding in some bushes.

The juveniles, ages 13 and 15, were arrested on felony charges of burglary of motor vehicles.

"Officers were able to confirm at least one vehicle was unlawfully entered, with the probability of more undiscovered victims," the police report says.

Along with theft and trespassing, the juveniles were also charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. They were released to their parents on promises that they would appear in court.

"Although the Department doesn't recommend the apprehension of criminals by the general public, this was an excellent example of the coordination and cooperation shared between the citizenry of Colorado Springs and its Police Department," Colorado Springs police say.



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