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Elderly woman spots car break-in suspects in action

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) – An elderly Chesterfield woman spots two teens trying to break into cars in her neighborhood and her quick thinking leads to an arrest! It happened on the 14700 block of Boyce's Cove Drive around 3:00 a.m. Wednesday. The woman saw them trying to unlock one car door and didn't think anything of it. But when they tried getting into the car next to it, she knew she was seeing a crime in action. The Neighborhood Watch sign in her Chesterfield County neighborhood is serving its purpose.

"I saw a young man with a gray hoodie and I thought it was my neighbor at first," said neighbor, Margaret Stapleton.

But Stapleton and her husband Daniel soon realized it wasn't their neighbor. Their quick thinking helped lead to two arrests.

Margaret looked through her kitchen window and saw the alleged suspects when she woke up in the middle of the night. They were checking car doors in her neighborhood. Her husband called 911.

"Then I saw him try the other car that was parked there," said Margaret.

They were able to get a good look at the suspects which led police to stop two nearby teens. Police say one of them, 18-year-old Samuel Walther, ran but was caught and charged with underage possession of alcohol and resisting arrest. The other teen was charged with underage possession of alcohol. Neighbors are thankful this couple was on the lookout.

"It's certainly the right thing to do if you have any doubt," said neighbor, Eli Nicola. "It's better to call and let the authorities investigate."

The humble couple did what they hope any neighbor would do. They're thankful Chesterfield Police were able to apprehend the suspects so quickly. They had only a few words for anyone else thinking about targeting their neighborhood.

"Just hope my wife's not up!" said Daniel.

"Not a good idea!" laughed Margaret.

Chesterfield Police tell us they are still investigating to determine whether or not they'll charge these teens with attempted break-ins. Neighbors are thankful the elderly woman was keeping watching.

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