Neighbor helps stop burglary at West Side home

Crime was victim’s third burglary in recent months

An alert neighbor is getting some of the credit for stopping a burglary in the act at a West Side home.

That man happened to be watching when a teen allegedly entered his neighbor’s home in the 1800 block of Rawhide Lane after 9 a.m. Monday. 

He called police, who showed up within minutes, before the suspect had a chance to leave with any property.

"He ran around the side of the house, jumped the fence and the chase was on,” said Sgt. Steve Priore, with the San Antonio Police Department, talking about the suspect’s attempt to run away. “Officers chased him up to Marbach and Rawhide where there were two more officers waiting for him."

The homeowner, who asked not to be identified, arrived at home a few minutes later and took a quick inventory of his personal belongings.

Officers reportedly found several items piled up near the door.

“They didn’t take anything this time. It seems like everything is OK,” said the homeowner.

This, however, was his third burglary in recent months.

In the past, he said, burglars have stolen his jewelry, televisions and clothing.

He said he’s glad that this time someone was watching out for him and his property.

“They're really good neighbors and I appreciate it,” he said.

Police, also, were grateful for the extra help, and they encourage others to do the same.

"Neighbors are the eyes and ears. We can't be everywhere all the time. We're not omnipotent,” Priore said.

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