Richmond police did not have to look far to catch a burglary suspect Monday, as he was the victim’s next door neighbor.
Officers responded about 9:45 a.m. to the 1700 block of Burbeck Ave., where a resident heard noise near her bedroom window and saw a suspect in her backyard, police said.
When officers showed up to the house, they saw the next door neighbor “peeking over the fence.”
“The neighbor attempted to flee but the officers managed to detain him,” police said. “A check around the victim’s house revealed fresh hand prints and pry marks around the victim’s bedroom window.”
The neighbor, who was on active parole in connection with a previous burglary, could not offer a reason for why he was in the backyard of the victim’s home or why he peeked over the fence when officers were on scene. He was arrested in connection with the attempted burglary, police said.
His identity was not immediately available.
“This is another good example of community policing, where Richmond residents become good witnesses and provide a good description of the suspect,” police said.