Nosy Neighbor Nabs Bad Guys

By Omar Villafranca
|  Tuesday, Sep 28, 2010  |  Updated 7:30 PM CDT
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Two burglary suspects are in custody thanks to an alert neighbor and a cell phone.

Omar Villafranca, NBCDFW.com

Two burglary suspects are in custody thanks to an alert neighbor and a cell phone.

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Police arrested two burglary suspects thanks to an alert East Dallas neighbor.

The neighbor, who did not want to be identified, said he saw the two men hanging around a house in Hollywood Heights. He said he was sure they were up to no good.

"In my mind, I'm thinking they're lost or getting ready to rob the place," he said.

The men ran away after kicking the door in and setting off the house's alarm, but the admitted "nosy neighbor" followed them. He called police on his cell phone and followed them on a scooter to give the dispatcher an update on their location.

Eventually, the men were arrested.

"You need to know your neighbors," the neighbor said. "You need to know what they're doing. You need to know who should be there."

Dallas police said Hollywood Heights residents are on high alert because of a spike in burglaries.

"We watch out for each other very closely, " resident Emily Nichols said. "We know where each of us are during the day, like whether we're working or staying at home."

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