Police catch Clifton burglar in act, thanks to neighbor's 911 call

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CINCINNATI - Thanks to an observant neighbor, Cincinnati police stopped and arrested a juvenile suspect Monday in Clifton on a felony burglary charge.

The incident occurred in the 200 block of Greendale Avenue, police said.

At about 8:45 a.m., a neighbor noticed a man near a house whose occupants were out of town. When the suspect was observed looking in the windows, the neighbor immediately called 911 to report the suspicious activity.

As officers were on their way, the suspect gained entry to the house by breaking a window. Responding District Five officers located and arrested the suspect as he tried to flee from the home.

Property taken from the residence was found on the suspect's person. The person arrested is a black male, age 17, who resides in the 100 block of Juergens Avenue.

Officers credit the ability to make the arrest due to the timely 911 call by the concerned neighbor. "It is absolutely vital the community functions as the eyes and ears of the police and reports suspicious circumstances," read a statement issued by District Five officers.

District officers have resources to help residents and property owners reduce their chances of victimization.

Anyone who wants further information or suggestions for "target hardening" their residence should contact Sgt. Jason Voelkerding, District Five neighborhood liaison, at (513) 569-8506.

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