Thanks to the quick response by neighbors, two of three suspects involved in burglarizing a home at 12:10 a.m. Wednesday are in custody.

A 17-year-old boy was charged by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office with one count of burglary, four counts of obstructing a police officer and a probation violation. A 16-year-old was charged with one count of burglary and four counts of obstructing a police officer, according to a press release by the Racine Police Department.

A neighbor called the police when she saw three males kick in the back door of the residence in the 1900 block of Grange Avenue. When officers arrived on scene, he saw the three males walking away from the residence. The officer told the suspects to stop, but all three fled the area on foot and the officer called for a perimeter to be set up.

Two of the suspects were found hiding behind some bushes in the 1900 block of Taylor Avenue. After chasing the two, both boys were taken into custody. Police found a backpack in the bushes that had several of the items taken in the burglary.

“The Racine Police Department must acknowledge and show appreciation to the willingness of the neighborhood to become involved, and notify the police of suspicious activity. The community’s watchful eye over their neighborhoods should not go unnoticed,” according to the press release.

Racine Police Investigators are interested in any additional information that anyone may have about this crime. Any witnesses or citizens with information are urged to call the Racine Police Department Investigations Unit at (262) 635-7756.

To make an anonymous tip, contact Crimestoppers at 262-636-9330 or text RACS plus the message to CRIMES (274637) and refer to Tipsoft I.D. #TIP417 with your text message.

Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.