Christmas was saved for one Arlington family Tuesday after their presents were stolen from their home. It happened in broad daylight in an Arlington neighborhood.
A neighbor, who did not want to be identified out of fear of possible retaliation, was looking out her window when she noticed an unfamiliar Cadillac SUV parked in her neighbor’s driveway. She says a man then got out of the SUV and approached her neighbor's front door.
“He was pushing on the door with his shoulder and I thought, 'he's trying to break-in,'” said the neighbor who witnessed the break-in.
“So, I went over to the phone and called 911. When the guy busted the door down, he went inside and then he came back out and he was carrying some packages. I was shaking. I was scared. I thought, ‘oh boy,’” she continued.
After she called called Arlington Police, they soon located the high-priced SUV.
“That car made it easier for the officers to locate,” said Sgt. Singh Boulon with Arlington Police Department.
But the three suspects didn't make an arrest easy, leading police on a chase into Fort Worth to a housing development on Patton Street.
“[The suspects] stopped and then all three ran from the vehicle,” said Sgt. Boulon.
From a car chase to a foot chase, police eventually caught two of the suspects and, while a third suspect remains on the loose, police also recovered the stolen items – two television sets, a safe, a gun, and several wrapped Christmas presents.
The homeowner, who asked that her name not be used, said she was grateful for her quick-thinking neighbor.
"I don't know how I can repay her," she said.
She also praised police for their quick response.
"Arlington police did fabulous," she said. "Got the TV's back, the presents back, it was great... Happy ending."