|Alert neighbors help foil apparent attempted burglary|
|Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor|
June 11, 2006 --Having nosy, watchful neighbors isn't necessarily a bad thing. Some don't often realize just how helpful they can be until something goes wrong at home.
That was the case this morning when just such individuals helped police nab a man who apparently was in the process of stealing electronics when a Helm Lane apartment resident was away from home.
When witnesses saw a man crawling through the window of the apartment just before 3 o'clock this morning, they contacted police.
Sulphur Springs Police Patrolman Chris Rosamond and Lt. Gina Lyles responded about 2:50 a.m. and noticed the front door ajar. The officers entered the residence after knocking on the door and getting no reponse. They announced their presence as they went through the apartment so as not to startle the resident or anyone else present.
While walking through the apartment, the officers noticed several pieces of electronic equipment strewn on the floor in front of the back bedroom. Seeing no one in the bedroom, Rosamond opened the bedroom closet. When he kicked aside a blanket on the closet floor, he discovered David Harrison Cooper, 26, of Sulphur Springs where the blanket had been.