Alert citizen credited for helping police catch car break-in suspects …

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) Virginia Beach police credit an alert citizen with helping officers catch two young suspects, who are accused of breaking into cars.

The citizen called police around 3 a.m. Wednesday to report two men breaking into cars in the 1800 block of Sheringham East. The caller stayed on the phone while officers were dispatched to the scene.

When officers arrived, they spotted the suspects and called for backup.

We got the call from the citizen saying there were two individuals basically checking doors, going in vehicles, said Virginia Beach Police Officer Tonya Borman.

The caller, one of the residents in the sleepy cul-de-sac, went a step beyond just informing police.

The caller basically stayed on the phone with the dispatcher giving us the details, Borman said. Well they re at this car. They re at my neighbor s car, they re at this car, and they tried my car.

By the time police arrived, two juveniles had broken into nine cars.

It s almost like one step too close, Jaume Rivell said upon hearing about the break-ins.

It s almost like a burglary in a house.

You do feel, when it happens, kind of violated.

Thanks to the caller s descriptions, officers immediately found the suspects, who ran to nearby Linkhorn Elementary School.

Couple of the officers actually went into a wooded area and were able to corner them, pushing them into the officers, Borman said.

Police arrested both of the culprits and say they recovered stolen items.

Rivell said she feels safe and happy she lives in a neighborhood where everyone looks out for each other, no matter what time of day.

The Cheshire neighborhood is filled with people, who are mostly original homeowners, and we do look out for each other, and we do look out the windows, Jaume Rivell told WAVY.com.

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