Neighbors lead police to suspected burglars

Posted at: 01/18/2013 9:07 PM
Updated at: 01/18/2013 10:21 PM
By: Adam Camp, KOB Eyewitness News 4; Staff

Some neighbors helped lead police to suspected burglars in the Northeast Heights Friday night.

It started when three suspected burglars, one woman and two men, went through the window of an apartment to steal some tools. The owner confronted them and when they refused to leave, the owner called police.

He said when he came back the people were gone with his tools. But by that time, two officers had showed up, as well as some neighors confronting the burglars, too.

When one officer took down the woman, he sat her on the curb. But when he started with the other men, the woman ran away. A few neighbors tried to chase her down.

"Me and my friend, we just started running over there to try to get the lady, and then once we got there, she was gone and she had run inside someone's apartment," Antonio said.

He thought the officers were short-handed.

"Because the cop didn't have no backup and I was like, alright, I'll go help and me and my friend just starting running after them," he said.

More officers arrived on scene detaining one subject, Wendell Buschardt. The two other suspects, Georgette Montgomery and Thomas Molina, resisted arrest by fleeing into a neighboring apartment building, but were later apprehended.

All three subjects were booked on aggravated residential burglary and conspiracy charges.