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Officers say Neighborhood Watch led them to burglars
FLORESVILLE -- A vigilant neighbor is being credited with helping an officer from the Floresville Police Department capture two burglars here July 6.
According to Floresville Patrolman Matt Redd, he was dispatched to Cottonwood Street at approximately 5 a.m., after a neighbor reported seeing two men walking around the exterior of a home there. When Redd responded, 18-year-old Samuel Salazar and 17-year-old Michael Smith, both of Pleasanton, attempted to flee in a 2010 Ford Mustang. Redd gave chase and stopped the vehicle near the intersection of Cottonwood and Maple streets.
Through Redd’s investigation, Salazar and Smith allegedly admitted to officers that they knocked on the door of the house, and used a crowbar to force it open after no one answered. Redd recovered stolen property, including more than 100 pieces of jewelry and a police scanner. The officer also learned that Salazar had active arrest warrants from the Pleasanton Police Department. He was wanted in connection with 12 recent home burglaries in Pleasanton.
Both Salazar and Smith were transported to the Wilson County Jail, each charged with burglary of a habitation. Lt. Jesse Evins of the Floresville Police Department credits their arrests to a recently implemented neighborhood watch program in that area of the city.
“Neighborhood watch works, and it will continue to work,” he said.
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