An alert resident who monitored a suspected burglary at an east Modesto house is being credited for the arrest of four men who were charged with the crime.
On Friday afternoon at about 2:30 p.m. in the 3900 block of Drakeshire Drive near Beyer High School, the resident noticed a sports utility vehicle with four men inside pull up in front of a house, according to Sgt. Ivan Valencia of the Modesto Police Department.
Valencia said the resident saw a man exit the vehicle and look through the neighbor’s window. The suspect also tried openinbg the front door before hopping the fence into the back yard.
At that point, the resident called police. He then continued monitoring the action, giving police a physical description of the suspected burglars as they were loading contents from the house into their white SUV, Valencia said.
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The suspects then got in the SUV and fled.
A sergeant already in the area spotted the SUV in the 1500 block of Mable Avenue near Stockard Coffee Elementary School, Valencia said.
The suspect got out of the SUV and began walking toward Beyer High School, while the three men remained inside the vehicle.
Beyer and Stockard were placed under lockdown.
The driver started running on Northview Drive near Beyer and jumped the fence into the baseball field. He began walking toward school buildings, Valencia said, before police, who had surrounded the school, ordered him to stop.
The suspect surrendered without incident.
The three suspects in the vehicle were taken into custody. The owner of the home recovered the stolen property.
Arrested on suspicion of burlgary and consipracy were Allen Berry, 37; George Dancer, 33; Zachary Alarcon, 25; and Andrew Kenter 18.
Valencia said the neighbor’s actions were a great example of how residents and police can work together. He lauded the resident for being familiar with neighbors and the neighborhood, calling police and providing great suspect information.
Police encourage neighborhoods to start Neighborhood Watch programs.
Police ask anyone who may have information regarding criminal activity to please call Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636. Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward. Tipsters can also text information to Crime Stoppers by sending a text message to 274637. Just type “TIP704” along with your message.