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Watchful neighbor helps stop break-in

posted Apr 26, 2012, 6:54 AM by Kayla Reidel

Homeowners live out of state

Updated: Monday, 23 Apr 2012, 7:32 AM EDT
Published : Monday, 23 Apr 2012, 2:33 AM EDT

BANGOR TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) - The owners of a home in Bangor Township have a neighbor to thank for helping to stop someone from trying to break into their home Sunday night.

Police received a call about 7:50 p.m. from the neighbor who said he saw a man running from behind the residence that he watches for the owners who live in Illinois.

The neighbor was unable to stop the suspect, according to the Van Buren County Sheriff's Department. He was however able to get the license plate number from the suspect's vehicle and a good description of the suspect.

The sheriff's department alerted area police agencies about the 24-year-old male suspect from Lawrence.

About an hour later a deputy saw the suspect's vehicle coming off a side road in Bangor, according to a news release. The deputy was able to stop the car and identified the suspect as the passenger in the vehicle. The deputy searched the car and found the tool that was used in the attempt to pry open a door at the Bangor Township residence in the 44000 block of County Road 681.

The deputy talked to the driver who is the suspect's girlfriend and owner of the vehicle.

The neighbor was called to the traffic stop scene and positively identified the suspect.

The suspect was arrested on charges of attempted break-in of a residence and possession of burglary tools.