Alert Resident Assists In Arrest of 2 Burglary Suspects
Monday, November 24, 8:15 p.m.
A resident of Darby Falls
Drive called 9-11 to report a burglary in progress at a
neighbor’s home. The alert neighbor, Laurie Hughes, had
heard glass breaking and noticed lights being turned on
and off inside the house next door. Laurie, a Security
Patrol driver and dispatcher, was aware that the
homeowners were out of town and no one should have been
inside the house. Using her cell phone, while standing
outside the home in question, Laurie gave efficient
directions to the address. Spotting two men in the back
doorway, she relayed that information and their
descriptions to the 9-11 operator. In just a few
minutes, a Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department
helicopter was overhead, followed shortly by five Metro
patrol cars, including a K-9 officer, who arrived
According to a Metro report,
the burglars had scaled a wall from the golf course and
accessed the home through the back patio door. Laurie
noted that the patio door was not a slider.
“It was a single door with a
glass pane that they broke,” she said.
Reportedly, when the
burglars saw the helicopter hovering overhead, the two
men ran in separate directions. A K-9 officer’s dog
quickly found one of the burglars hiding under bushes
behind the backyard swimming pool. The other man had
dashed back inside the house, where he was apprehended
by Metro Police officers.
Security Patrol Chief Brian
Dodd commented on the incident: “The best security is
neighbors who pay attention and care.”
As for Laurie, she was only
too glad to help.
“Residents always should be
aware of their surroundings and not hesitate to report
anything that doesn’t seem right to them,” she said.
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