(Neb)-Homeowner Credits Neighbors, Mailman With Helping Foil Burglars Listen
PLAY FOR FOUR COMMENTS BY KERRY BAILEY
CHADRON - The Chadron homeowner who foiled the burglary of his garage early Wednesday morning, touching off an investigation that may solve a series of break-ins and vehicles thefts in Chadron, Gordon, and Rushville credits good neighbors and an unsung public servant for his actions.
Financial advisor Kerry Bailey says he wasn't surprised by the break-in because his mailman had told him of a conversation with a neighbor about a suspicious vehicle checking out the neighborhood.
As a result, Bailey says he made sure all the doors to the house were locked Tuesday night, but the rear door to the garage was not...and that's where the burglars got in. He and his wife Crystal were alerted to it by the family dog.
After his wife was able to determine from shadows created by a motion-sensor yard light that someone was in the garage, Bailey...a Chadron State College football player 2 decades ago...told her to call 911 while he went to investigate - checking first on his sleeping son.
He grabbed an aluminum Little League baseball bat from his son's room, went to the garage, but tapped on the door rather than going in since he didn't know exactly what to expect.
Four young men ran out the main and Bailey says he ran out to the street to try to follow them about the time the police arrived, but couldn't catch them. In retrospect, he's decided it wasn't a very smart thing for him to do.
Bailey says the value of having neighbors who look out for each other was clear a little later Wednesday morning because it was tips from two of them that led the arrest of a suspect.
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