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November 4, 2011 > Burglary prevented by alert neighbor

Burglary prevented by alert neighbor

Submitted By Lt. Steven Petrakovitz, Milpitas PD

On October 31, at approximately 4:00 a.m., a Milpitas resident was awakened by the sound of an alarm and a barking dog. She looked out her window and saw three people jumping over the fence from the Milpitas Food Pantry lot, located at 1440 S. Main Street, towards the railroad tracks. She immediately called 9-1-1 and told Milpitas police dispatchers what she just witnessed.

Within three minutes several officers were in the area searching for the individuals. Within six minutes of the initial call three people had been caught on the railroad property and detained. A fourth person tried to run and hide from officers He climbed the fence into the A1 Tool Shed business lot on S. Main Street, where he was captured by officers.

All four individuals were identified as juveniles living in San Jose. Further investigation revealed that two of the suspects broke the front glass door of Jerry's Market on S. Main Street in an attempt to burglarize the business. The alarm was activated when they broke the glass. It scared the suspects off and alerted the resident, who called police.

The four juveniles were arrested for various charges including attempted burglary, conspiracy, trespassing and curfew. They were all issued citations and released to a parent or guardian. Milpitas Police credit the quick reactions of the resident with her immediately calling 9-1-1, as the main reason the suspects were captured within minutes of the crime.

"We encourage everyone to call 9-1-1 as soon as they see or hear anything suspicious," said Chief Dennis Graham.

Anyone witnessing this burglary or has information regarding this burglary or other criminal activity occurring in this jurisdiction is encouraged to call the Milpitas Police Department at (408) 586-2400. Information can be given anonymously by calling (408) 586-2500, or via the Milpitas Police Department website at:

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