Late Night Call Helps Nab Suspected Thieves

Her name is Sally, and her first real brush with crime-fighting came with the scuff of a shoe.

"I heard kind of the scrape of one footstep on the pavement," she said.

That was it, although it happened in a neighborhood off Powers Boulevard and Research Parkway at about 12:45 a.m. Monday. She saw two guys walking along the street, looking into cars parked outside.

“It looked very, very suspicious,” Sally said. “Obviously they didn't belong there...they went out of sight and I called 911."

That call brought police and sent the suspects running. Both were caught, ultimately. According to police, one of the suspects was found hiding under a parked car. Officers did a yard-to-yard search and found the second suspect hiding in some bushes in the backyard of a nearby home.

Both suspects were arrested after it was discovered they had entered at least one unlocked vehicle and removed property.

Neighbors told 11 News knowing a neighborhood watch can really work is reassuring.

“I wasn't surprised because they're very good neighbors as all our neighbors are," said Cathy Beck, who lives nearby.

Sally, it turns out, is only visiting in this area. The self-described night-owl was in the right place at the right time.

“More people need to do that kind of stuff,” she said.

She also says if she had to, she'd do it all again

Police arrested Van Wilson and Markeice Bellamy. Both of them are 18 years old. Bellamy is listed as on active duty at Fort Carson and is being held at the El Paso County Criminal Justice Center.

Police say they caught the suspected burglars in this case, but it's a good reminder to always remember to lock car doors, and don't leave anything valuable inside or in plain view.

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