Several alleged burglars are facing charges, and it's in thanks to some alert neighbors that helped land them in police custody.
Erie police took three people into custody, after a foot chase near the Erie zoo Tuesday night around 6:00 p.m..
Police say three suspects were burglarizing homes in the Glenwood Heights neighborhood.
They caught two of them, but the third suspect ran away.
So, about a dozen officers searched the woods for about a half an hour, before they found him.
The suspects have been identified as 18 year olds Michael Coles and Jared Thigpen, and a 16 year old boy.
They're all charged with attempted burglary.
Just recently, there had been some burglaries in the Glenwood Heights neighborhood. So neighbors there have been on alert.
"Pending an organized, formal watch group, we are just really tight-knit with our neighbors, and everybody is keeping an eye out on everybody else. We have a lot of retirees in the neighborhood, people on vacation, we keep an eye out for everybody." Said Marti Sawyer of the Glenwood Heights Neighborhood Association.
On Wednesday, Erie police picked up 5 more suspects, believed to be involved in other burglaries throughout the city. Police are now looking at all 8 suspects, to see if anybody is tied to other thefts or burglaries in the area.
Meantime, right now the Glenwood Heights Association is keeping neighbors up to speed with any crimes via e-mail and Facebook, but they're currently looking into forming an organized neighborhood watch group.