ROWLAND HEIGHTS — Deputies arrested four teenagers Wednesday after a man confronted them while they were trying to break into a neighbor’s home, authorities said.
A witness spotted the four teenage boys removing a rear screen from a neighbor’s apartment about 3 p.m. in the 2000 block of Batson Avenue, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Chris Blasnek said.
“When questioned (by the witness), all four juveniles took off running and the witness followed for a short distance,” Blasnek said.
Deputies responded to the area and arrested four teens, he said.
Blasnek commended the neighbor who helped catch the young burglary suspects.
“While the sheriff’s department urges the public to immediately report crime and suspicious behavior, we also want to caution people (to) avoid confrontations,” Blasnek said.
“In this case we had a good witness who felt something was wrong and questioned the activity,” Blasnek said. “He did not continue to chase the subjects and relayed his information quickly to other residents who called 9-1-1.”
One of the teenage suspects was released to a parent with a citation, he added, while the other three were taken to Los Padrinos Juvenile Hall in Downey.