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A Kennewick burglar didn't count on an alert neighbor

Kennewick police surrounded a Hood Avenue home Monday morning after an alert neighbor spotted a criminal combing the area.
Kennewick police surrounded a Hood Avenue home Monday morning after an alert neighbor spotted a criminal combing the area. Kennewick Police Department

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

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