Neighbors Chase Down Burglars in Stockton

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Stockton Police say five people broke into a home on Estate Drive but they did not get far, thanks to the help of neighbors.

A neighbor chased after one of the men and held him down until police arrived.

“And then there were other witnesses that pointed into the direction where the other two suspects ran,” said Officer Joseph Silva with Stockton Police.

Citizens called each other and kept a close eye on two of the other suspects, who were arrested just blocks away.

Some in the north Stockton area say they do not feel safe after seeing  other burglaries and auto thefts in the past year.

“If there are things going on, it is time to move out,” said resident Nelson Quintua

“I like the neighborhood and I like the people, but I think the economy being the way it is you are seeing more crime,” said neighbor Janee Montelongo

Police say the home owners in the latest burglary were not home at the time.

“The citizens are backing the police department a lot these last couple of months this past year,” said Silva. “They know the limited resources that we have so they have to step up to the plate and get involved. Yesterday’s arrest is a good example of that.”

All of the suspects were juveniles ages 14 and 15.

Police say they were able to retrieve some of the items taken including an iPod and laptop.

Police are still looking for the other two suspects.

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