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Alert neighbor helps police nab Providence burglars

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By Abbey Niezgoda

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Three men are behind bars after a neighbor watched them burglarize a house on his street. Police are now looking into whether or not the suspects they caught are responsible for multiple break-ins in the same area.

"A kid got out and it looked he looked like he might have been looking to shovel some driveways even though we didn't get that much snow," Richard Burgland said.

Luckily, Burgland did not stop watching the house on Cathedral Avenue. Minutes later, he saw a few more men jump out of a U-Haul van and go inside.

"The van backs in to my neighbors driveway and they start coming out with stuff," Burgland said. "They were hustling."

As Burgland was getting a bird's eye view of the crime from his second floor window, he called police.

"Then they started pulling out of the driveway and I said hold on let me get the plate number."

When officers pulled over the van, five guys in masks ran out. The rest are still on the loose, but they left behind a van that could link them to other break-ins in the area.

"They did tell me there were several robberies in this area," Burgland said. "And that the van was loaded when they caught them."

Burgland says his house was broken into four years ago, so he has learned to be alert from experience.

"If you see something suspicious in your neighborhood, don't think automatically that you're wrong," Burgland said. "It's important to call the police right away. It's better to be safe than sorry."

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