Saturday, Dec 7, 2013
Crime Watch Tip Leads to Arrests in Herrin
HERRIN -- Two suspects face criminal trespassing charges after police say they broke into a home in Herrin.
Officers received a tip from a neighborhood watch group just after 10 p.m. Wednesday night, concerning a break-in at a home on East Tyler.
Police say without the tip the criminals would still be at large.
"If it was not from the neighbors actively watching their neighbors residence then we would not be where we were today with making the arrests," said Herrin police officer David Dorris. "We received a 911 call of individuals crawling through a window and they were able to give the description of where they were and what side of the house they were on."
Two teens were arrested at the scene and charged with criminal trespassing.
Officers say neighborhoods are the biggest problem areas for break-ins but it is also where they are receiving the most help from citizens.
"There is more people in the Herrin community wanting to make a difference," explained Dorris. "They want to take their city back. They want it to be the peaceful Herrin that they once knew."
Herrin resident Diane Ogden is responsible for organizing a city Crime Watch Page and several neighborhood watch groups all in an effort to crack down on crime.
She says she's proud that hard work from concerned residents is paying off.
"This does work," said Ogden. "It's not just something that is a fly by the night thing. We can make a difference we can take our town back."
Dorris has been working with Ogden and other crime watch members to help build communication between citizens and officers and receive tips about any suspicious activity.
"This arrest was a really big boost for this," explained Ogden. "If we keep this up we should make really good progress."
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