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Neighbor Being Called A Hero for Calling 911

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KENNEWICK, Wash. - Kennewick Police are calling a neighbor who helped catch two burglars a hero, and all she did was call 9-1-1.

Just before 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, two teenagers, a 17-year-old and an 16-year-old broke into a house on West 4th Place between Olympia Street and Quincy Street in Kennewick. While the two teens, one armed with a gun, were breaking through the back kitchen window, a woman was watching from next door and called 9-1-1.

While the burglars ransacked the house, police were waiting outside. They caught one of them on the driveway when he ran out of the house, and the other after a short chase.

Police want everyone to know how much easier their jobs can be, when neighbors watch out for each other.

"It's a great feeling because we know that the community is out there, and they have our backs and they're looking out for us. It's nice to come and catch them in the act and put them in jail," said Officer Tony Valdez with the Kennewick Police Department.

The homeowner, who didn't want his name released, said he couldn't be more grateful for his neighbor. Meanwhile, he's still cleaning up from the mess the teens left behind.

Both teens were taken to the Benton Franklin Juvenile Justice Center.