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Nosey neighbors help capture 4 thieves

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

Four juveniles are behind bars charged with aggravated burglary for stealing televisions, laptops and much more thanks to an alert  neighbor.

The police can't be everywhere; so neighbors can be the eyes and ears of a community.

A neighbor recently stopped a burglary attempt in Nutbush. The homeowner just had a feeling something wasn't right and called police.

"Located the suspects, recovered majority of the property stolen and later discovered that wasn't the only burglary they had committed," said Lt. Steven Ware. "They had committed more than 10 burglaries."

Most homeowners may not say anything out of fear thinking the criminal may suspect who turned them in, Lt. Ware said. But Lillie St. Clair says if you come on her block, be forewarned.

"You can call it nosey or observant because both would include what we do to make sure that our neighborhood is safe," she said.

St. Clair basically knows everyone on her entire street and she's not alone, she said.

"If somebody is going up and down the streets and that car has gone through the neighborhood two or three times, Susan would probably be the first one to make that call to let you know you need to look out," she said.

St. Clair says being nosey is what keeps criminals at bay, and makes it clear a safe community starts with the people who live there.

"If a thief can get into my house and you sit and you look and you make no effort to do anything about it, it's coming your way," she said. "Don't you ever think you are so good and secure that it won't come your way."

"You have to help your neighbor," Lt. Ware said. "You have to save your community if you let it happen at one house it will continue and be a domino effect, occur at numerous houses on your street."

It takes all of us to police a community, Lt. Ware added. If you see something out of the ordinary there are a few things you can quickly take not of."

"You want to get a good description of the individual, you want to get clothing, shoes you want to get a hair style complexion, race, how many people are committing the crime, you want to get the vehicle information, the tag information," he said. "It's normally the best way of tracking down these guys."

"When we say you are your brother's keeper, we are and if you don't make an effort to draw attention to what somebody is doing when it's wrong, it definitely will come your way in some form or fashion," S. Clair added.

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