Syracuse (WSYR-TV) – Syracuse Police arrested nearly half a dozen alleged burglars on Monday with the help of alert neighbors.
"The neighbors are the eyes and the ears of those neighborhoods and without their help, [our job would be even more difficult],” said Syracuse Police Sgt. Tom Connellan.
Police quickly descended on a neighborhood normally described as quiet after a woman caught a teenager trying to break in through her window.
Two 15-year-old boys were caught soon after because police were already in the area after neighbors called in what looked like an attempted burglary a few blocks away.
A few months ago, Evelyn Ayers-Marsh helped create the community watch group that covers Jean, Dianna, and Thayer streets after numerous homes and cars were broken into.
"We need action. We need people who are willing to watch and then willing to step up and do something about it,” said Ayers-Marsh.
"Since then, there's been a sense of, more of a community here. People talking to each other, people who don't know each other, now know each other,” she said.
Police support such efforts in every neighborhood.
“We will get officers up into those areas very quickly and we will try to capture the people that are responsible for this,” said Connellan.
Police say burglars are very active in the summer months and that people should be on the lookout for suspicious people.
"You're going to work, lock your house down, cause kids are out and about and a lot of these are crimes of opportunity. These kids are casing houses, trying to look, see what they can get in, get in get out quick,” said Connellan.
Three other teenagers – all 16-years-old – were also arrested on attempted burglary charges after being caught on the 1100 block of North Townsend Street around 10:45 a.m. They were also spotted by neighbors.