Posted: Feb 5, 2013 3:30 PM by Lacey Steele
Updated: Feb 6, 2013 8:17 AM
It's not often that a burglary is busted while it's happening, but that's exactly what happened in Pueblo twice in one day.
We found out what happened and why the cops are grateful.
"Someone called in and said they saw someone in the home," said Sgt. Eric Gonzales of Pueblo Police. "They could see shadows."
When burglaries are happening and you see it, it's best to be a good neighbor.
"I mean, I think if your house was being burglarized you would hope that somebody would call in," said Sgt. Gonzales.
That's exactly what happened Monday morning.
Two burglaries, four hours apart, neighbors called in both times.
"We were able to get officers there quickly and stop these guys in the process of burglarizing two homes," said Sgt. Gonzales.
One happened in the 1400 block of East 13th.
Police busted Jesse Lave, 52, with stolen items.
The second was in the 2500 block of Greenwood.
Police arrested a very determined Emanuel Gallegos, 18.
"He was running through some yards and everything when officers were out looking, you kept hearing on the radio that somebody said that he just ran this way or somebody said that he just ran this way and he ran through his yard," said Sgt. Gonzales.
Which means not only did neighbors call in, they helped search too.
"People were out there telling the officers the direction he was going, so it was easier to catch him," said Sgt. Gonzales.
Police say that's what we need, more neighborhood watch groups that help put criminals behind bars.
Of course, in emergencies be sure to call 911.
You never know when your call could help police catch a criminal.