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Alert neighbor foils burglary in Renton area; Kent, Auburn men arrested

Baseball cards were among some of the items that burglars almost go away with from a Renton-area home Monday. - King County Sheriff
Baseball cards were among some of the items that burglars almost go away with from a Renton-area home Monday.
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An alert neighbor foiled two burglary suspects Monday when he called police after seeing one of the suspects walk out of a neighbor's house with loot, according to the King County Sheriff's Office.

The incident started Monday at around 11:30 p.m. in the 18800 block of 129 Place Southeast.The neighbor was in his front yard gardening when he saw a man walk up to his neighbor’s house, knock on the door and look into the windows, according to Sgt. Cindi West, a spokeswoman for the King County Sheriff's Office. The neighor knew that the homeowners were not home. The man who knocked on the door then walked around toward the back of the house. The neighbor immediately called 911.

Within a few minutes the suspect exited the front door carrying items stolen from the house. The suspect walked down the street and got into a black Monte Carlo.

Police arrived quickly and spotted the Monte Carlo leaving the area. A 23-year-old Kent man and a 30-year-old Auburn man were in the vehicle along with items stolen from the house. Both men were arrested and booked into the King County Jail.

Said the detective handling the case said, “Pretty good neighbor. He also caught another burglar on his street in June of last year.”

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