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|February 8, 2012
Neighborhood Watch at Work in Rancho Cordova
On February 6, 2012, shortly after 1:00 p.m., Rancho Cordova police officers and Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to investigate suspicious activity in the area of Cregan Court and Pericles Drive. An observant citizen called to report two males enter a residence through the backyard, and later exit through the garage. Upon leaving, the two subjects were seen pulling a wagon with a safe sitting inside of it as they left the area. As officers responded to the location, a burglary alarm call was pending on Pericles Drive.
One of the responding officers contacted the homeowner by phone, and verified that a safe was inside the residence. Meanwhile, the initial caller stayed on the phone with a dispatcher, and gave continuous updates regarding the direction in which the suspects were travelling. As officers descended upon the area, the suspects hid the wagon in some shrubbery before fleeing through an open field area off of Rancho Cordova Parkway. After a short foot pursuit, the suspects were apprehended by responding officers. Both suspects, a 16 year-old and 17 year-old male, were positively identified by the observant citizen as the individuals who had burglarized the victim residence. Ultimately, the stolen property was recovered and returned to the victim. The suspects, who were determined to be residents in a nearby subdivision, were booked into Sacramento County Juvenile Hall on charges of burglary, possession of stolen property, and conspiracy.
This incident is a great example of how effective neighborhood watch programs can be. When residents take a vested interest in their neighbors and communities, and establish good working relationships with local law enforcement, crime can be reduced and those responsible for criminal activity are held accountable.For information regarding neighborhood watch programs in the city of Rancho Cordova, or areas of Rosemont and Gold River, contact Sergeant Wayne Stephens at (916) 875-5710.