Tenants at a public housing apartment building spotted a man breaking into a newly vacant apartment. He got away, but the neighbors managed to grab his “look-out” and hold him for the cops.
That led to one of four arrests as part of separate burglary investigations on Wednesday.
Here’s what happened, according to police spokesman Office Dave Hartman:
At 7:42 p.m., police responded to 90 Park St., where tenants had reported catching a burglar. A neighbor told cops he’d seen a man trying to force the door of an apartment recently vacated when the tenant passed away. He and others were able to hold a suspected accomplice, whom police arrested. The main suspect entered the apartment and fled through a back door.
Arrest #2: At 3:30 p.m police responded to a report of a domestic dispute on Howard Avenue. A 22-year-old woman told them her ex-boyfriend had forced his way into her home and stolen her phone. He later returned it, but police nevertheless arrested him for second-degree burglary and three other crimes.
Arrest #3: At 7:30 p.m. Officer Daniel Hartnett responded to a suspicious person complaint on Trumbull Street. A neighbor had reported a man “checking out cars” in a parking lot. When Hartnett pulled up, the man ran up onto a porch, sat down, and threw something over the side. The man told Officer Hartnett that he’d been walking home, became tired, and stopped to rest on the porch. Police found he’d discarded a flathead screwdriver. Cops arrested him for attempted burglary, possession of burglary tools, and trespassing.
Arrest #4: At 9:57 p.m. Officer Ryan Przybylski responded to a home on Ridge Street on a report of a break in. A woman told him she’d been asleep on her couch when a man came in the door and into the living room. She screamed; he ran.
Cops found the man at a State Street address and arrested him for burglary.