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Neighbors help police catch burglary suspect on the South Hill

SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane Police arrested a burglary suspect Saturday morning with the help of some good neighbors on Spokane's South Hill.

Police say they arrested 23 year-old Samuel Bertolet after he broke into a home located in the 3600 block of E. 11th Ave.  Neighbors noticed Bertolet trying to break into the home and alerted police.  Bertolet reportedly fled the area empty handed after gaining entry to the home.  Police set up a perimeter and began searching the surrounding neighborhoods.

Police received a call from the 4000 block of E. 5th of a suspicious person in the area a short time later.  When an officer arrived in the area he made contact with Bertolet in front of a house on E. 5th.  Bertolet reportedly told the responding officer that he lived in the house, at which time the actual resident of the home showed up and informed police that Bertolet did not live there.

Bertolet was arrested and booked into the Spokane County Jail on one count of residential burglary.

Recent burglaries on the south hill has residents on high alert.  Police say more than two dozen homes have been hit over the past two months.  Police tell us Saturday's arrest is an excellent example of neighbors looking out for each other.

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