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Police credit vigilant neighbors for 3 recent burglary arrests

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Over the last week, Austin police have arrested three burglary suspects they say would likely still be on the street without the help of vigilant neighbors.

The first arrests were made in Northwest Austin last Wednesday. Police responded to a suspicious person call in the 10000 block of Richelieu Road. The suspect vehicle was located nearby and a suspect inside was detained.

Police nabbed a second suspect as he left a house he was burglarizing.

Both of the suspects, 18-year-old Pedro Medel and 17-year-old Raul Martinez Jr., have been charged with burglary of a habitation, a second-degree felony.

Two days later, detectives with APD’s Burglary Unit were able to piece together information received from neighbors in the Balcones Village/Spicewood Homeowners Association area. Neighbors were able to provide helpful tips and police were able to identify a suspect they say is responsible for several “open garage door” burglaries in the area.

Police arrested 32-year-old Curtis Miller Thomas and charged him with burglary of a habitation, a second degree felony.

Police officials credit all three of these arrests to vigilant neighbors. They want to remind Austin’s residents to call 911 should they see anything suspicious.

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