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Alert neighbor helps nab burglary suspects

An alert neighbor in the Five Mile Prairie area helped Spokane police catch two juveniles in connection with three home burglaries overnight.

The neighbor reported seeing two suspicious males running from the area as police responded to the 8700 block of North Cherry Lane for a burglary alarm, according to police.

Officer Michelle Madsen spotted two people running and worked with other officers to set up a perimeter so they couldn’t get away. K-9 Officer Dan Lesser and his dog, Ray, found the boys, who had been reported as runaways, hiding under a deck in a nearby back yard.

The two were booked into Spokane County Juvenile Detention Center on one count of residential burglary involving the home with the alarm and two counts of second-degree burglary in connection with break-ins at two vacant new homes.

"This incident is an example of the community/police partnership," King said in a news release. "The alert neighbor notifying police of the suspicious males in the area led to the arrest of the two burglars, solving three separate crimes."

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