An observant resident is credited with alerting Rancho Cordova police to suspicious activity that led to the arrest two juveniles and the recovery of stolen property.
Police were dispatched to the area of Cregan Court and Pericles Drive shortly after 1 p.m. Monday after a citizen reported seeing to males enter a residence through the back yard and later leave through the garage. The caller reported that the two were pulling a wagon with a safe inside as they left the area.
As officers responded, a burglary alarm call also was pending for a residence on Pericles Drive. On of the officers called the homeowner and verified that a safe was inside the residence, according to a Police Department news release.
Meanwhile, the initial caller stayed on the phone with a dispatcher and provided updates on the direction in which suspects were headed.
As officers arrived, the suspects hid the wagon in some shrubbery before fleeing through an open field off of Rancho Cordova Parkway. Officers caught them after a short pursuit.
The two youths, ages 16 and 17, were identified by the caller as the individuals who had entered the residence, officials said. The teenagers were booked into Sacramento County Juvenile Hall on suspicion of burglary, possession of stolen property and conspiracy.
Police said the incident is an example of how effective Neighborhood Watch programs can be. For information about such programs in the city of Rancho Cordova, or Rosemont and Gold River areas, call Sgt. Wayne Stephens at (916) 875-5710.