- The Washington Times - Monday, February 3, 2014

Alabama residents alert to a break-in at a neighbor’s home first called cops — but while waiting, took matters into their own hands. They grabbed their guns and confronted the intruders. And police are cheering it as a win for the “good guys.”

The teen-age would-be robbers raced from the scene, AL.com reported. But the watchful neighbors pursued, catching one near some woods and holding him at gunpoint while police arrived.

Two other suspects were captured on a road about a mile from the scene, The Blaze reported.

Chief Deputy Randy Christian said that the teen the neighbors caught was carrying a pistol and a set of keys that belonged to the home he was trying to ransack, AL.com reported.

The 17-year-old and another suspect, 16, were charged with criminal mischief and second-degree burglary, and placed in the Jefferson County Youth Detention Facility. The third suspect, 19-year-old Contrell Dreonte Heard, was charged with second-degree burglary and second-degree marijuana possession, and is being held on $6,000 bond at the Jefferson County Jail, The Blaze said.

“This is a great example of neighbors looking out for each other,” Mr. Christian said, in the Alabama report. “Because of that, three criminals were caught. We love it when the good guys beat the bad guys.”