Police: Neighbors Help Them Catch Burglars Red-Handed

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(Memphis) Neighbors got involved and help police nab three suspected burglars recently

They were arrested Tuesday on Mount Terrace after police say they were caught stripping a vacant house of copper.

Twenty-year-old Clarence Woods, 20-year-old Dwayne Carr and 18-year-old Gary Dowery are all facing charges of aggravated burglary, theft and vandalism of $10,000-$60,000.

Police say the young men also ripped apart the walls of a home on Ardmore for copper, and might not have been caught if it hadn't been for some observant neighbors.

One woman, who wanted to remain anonymous, called police after she saw three men walking in and out of a wooded area with some type of tools.

"I said to my daughter they are up to something no good with those types of tools and she said call police right away," said the woman.

She was able to give them a detail description of the men.

Officers didn't find them in the wooded area, but did find a trail of metal and copper pieces that led them to a vacant house on Ardmore.

While police were at that house they got a call about a possible break-in on Mount Terrace.

Police  say when they got to the house on Mount Terrace they saw Woods, Carr and Dowery coming out the back door with copper in their hands.

Police say they did well over $20,000 damage to the houses.