People who live in a West Side neighborhood targeted by car burglars are crediting a barking dog for alerting them to the problem, and helping police quickly capture three suspects.
San Antonio police arrested two 18-year-old men and a 15-year-old boy Monday morning in connection with the crimes, which they said happened “in a three-block radius” of the 1200 block of Bitterlake.
Donald Flores said his neighbor called 911 after being awakened by a barking dog shortly before 5 a.m. Monday, and seeing the suspects in action.
"We have a neighborhood dog that hangs out around here. She barks at anybody that doesn't belong around here," he said.
Flores said his neighbor told him the suspected burglars appeared to be headed for his SUV just before he chased them away.
"I had left my truck unlocked last night,” Flores said. “Luckily, we're all pretty close neighbors so we all keep an eye on each other."
Police said other neighbors weren’t as lucky.
The burglary suspects managed to get inside and remove personal property from the vehicles, they said.
In all of the cases, police said, the doors had been left unlocked.
At the scene, officers did not have a tally on all that had been stolen.
However, they said they did recover some items — including a cell phone and GPS system — from the youngest suspect.
All of the teens were arrested in the neighborhood.
Police said they chased and tackled one 18-year-old who had tried to run away.