An alert neighbor helped catch a burglar in a Kennewick neighborhood Monday morning.
The neighbor spotted a 17-year-old prowling around a house on the 3300 block of West Hood Avenue around 9:45 a.m. Monday.
When officers arrived, they found an open window in the back, a bucket with a muddy footprint on top of it and sounds coming from inside, said Sgt. Aaron Clem.
Inside, the teen was trying to get into a money safe, and he loaded two guns into a backpack.
Police surrounded the house and began using a loudspeaker to get the burglar to come outside. He left after 45 minutes and was taken to the Benton-Franklin Juvenile Detention Center.
The standoff triggered a 10-minute lock-down at Kamiakin High School.
Cameron Probert: 509-582-1402; Twitter: @cameroncprobert