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Alert citizen helps police nab burglary suspects

GRANDVIEW - Grandview police yesterday (Tuesday) took four juveniles into custody in connection with the burglary of a home in the 500 block of Broadview Place.

Two of the juveniles were witnessed running from the residence at 2:18 p.m. yesterday afternoon. The caller was suspicious of the behavior and phoned police.

Officers located a 12-year-old, two 14-year-olds and a 15-year-old.

Police secured a search warrant and served it at a home in the 200 block of Munson Court just after 8:30 p.m. last night. Details regarding evidence found in the home were not available as of press time.

A search warrant for a home in the 2000 block of Bridgeman Road in Sunnyside was also secured and SWAT team members assisted with the execution of that warrant.

An individual attempted to flee the home through a window, but was apprehended.

"We were able to solve the burglary (of the home in the 500 block of Broadview Place) and we also solved the burglary reported Monday (in the 700 block of Wolf Lane)," said Assistant Police Chief Mark Ware.

He said detectives were working on the case until early this morning and further details regarding the case were not available.

"Bottom line, this was the result of a concerned citizen seeing something suspicious and calling it in," said Ware.

He said there is a trend of more police success in solving crimes as a result of alert citizens willing to report unusual circumstances.

Also reported to Grandview police yesterday was a theft at the Grandview Cemetery. A man, later identified as Rodney Frank, 46, of Grandview, was seen with a bunch of brass fittings. He was hiding in bushes near the cemetery and police were able to chase him from that location.

According to officers, he had brass water meters belonging to the city of Grandview in his possession.

Frank was taken into custody on requested charges of trespassing and theft, as well as three warrants for his arrest.

Officers, too, responded to a report of fraudulent activity, a suspicious activity call and two vehicle accidents.

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