“Keep a watch out for each other,” alert neighbor helps bust alleged serial burglars

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LINCOLN COUNTY, Okla.-- A crime fighter armed with an old school camera helped crack the case on a string of burglaries.

Authorities say an alert neighbor helped them solve several burglary cases in multiple counties after he chased down suspected thieves caught in the act and recorded the entire ordeal.

“That's the tag number,” he said during the recording. "It's a lady and a man."

And they tried to convince a man they had permission to be on his neighbor’s property, but he knew better.

"I'm following them,” the neighbor said as he recorded everything with his camcorder.

He jumped in his truck and took off after them. The suspects eventually lost him on country roads, but he's already got what he needs and now so do authorities.

They used the tag number to track down Nesha O'Brian and say it is her SUV pulling a trailer that was apparently used to load up on other people's property.

Detectives don't think she's working alone though and say they've solved about four burglaries so far.

They believe there could be more victims, but the stockpile of stolen things is endless.

"Anything from junk mail that people throw in the trash to an antique typewriter,” Pottawatomie County Lt. Ken Vanduser said.

Other recovered items include a stolen travel trailer, a 600 dollar prom dress and a door stolen right off the hinges of one of the victim's homes.

"While searching through that property we were able to find different names in some of it,” Vanduser said. “After doing some checking with the assessor's office and actually going to the addresses of some mail in that pile of property we were able to locate two more victims."

All because of one guy's alertness - the one time it was okay to be a nosy neighbor.

"Keep a watch out for each other, because that may lead us to a burglar,” Vanduser said. "It definitely did in this case.”


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