Police Credit Alert Neighbors for Burglary Suspect’s Arrest

PRAIRIE VILLAGE, Kan. — Authorities in Prairie Village say that an alert neighbor helped police catch a suspect wanted into at least one home break-in.

Luis Esteban Leyva, 35, was arrested on Monday afternoon after a man called police to say that Leyva had been acting suspicious and had jumped into a creek bed near 75th and Nall.

“Had he not called us, we wouldn’t have been coming into the area,” Prairie Village Police Capt. Tim Schwartzkopf told FOX 4.

Another area resident called police to report that the same suspect had entered her neighbor’s back yard in the 7400 block of Rosewood on Monday. That same resident also reported hearing the sound of glass breaking.

Leyva, of Overland Park, was arrested a short time later. He was booked into the Johnson County Jail to await charges.

“As long as neighbors are watching out for each other, as this one did yesterday, and calls when things happen. That’s a good thing,” said Schwartzkopf.

According to police, there have been 10 burglaries in Prairie Village so far in 2013, compared to 45 all of last year.

Prairie Village Police say the burglaries have been both at night and during the day and the thieves have hit homes that are both locked and unlocked.  They say that the best way to try and curb crime is to have a good neighborhood watch in place, and be sure and call police when something looks out of the ordinary.

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