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ST. GEORGE- A Pennsylvania man is in jail and faces felony charges after a concerned resident alerted police to a suspicious person going from car to car trying doors in a quiet area of Mesquite, Nevada.
Officers responded July 16 after a 911 caller told emergency dispatch that a suspect was going from one vehicle to another parked along the street to check for unlocked car doors. He appeared to be attempting to enter cars, according to a statement released Thursday by the Mesquite Police Department.
Mesquite Police Sgt. Wyatt Oliver told St. George News that officers responded to a residential area near Coyote Willows, where they found a man matching the description provided by the 911 caller, who appeared to be hiding behind a pickup truck.
As officers approached, the suspect fled on foot and, according to the statement, he was apprehended minutes later by one of the pursuing officers.
The suspect has been identified as James Miller, 39, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
During a search of the suspect, officers recovered burglary tools as well as an electric bicycle that was allegedly stolen from the garage of a house the day before.
Oliver said the bike was valued at over $3,000 and was later returned to its rightful owner by police.
In an interview, the suspect told officers he allegedly broke into vehicles looking for drugs.
Miller was arrested and transported to the Clark County Detention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, and he was jailed on three counts, including one count of possession of stolen property, burglary of a structure and robbery. He also faces a felony charge of possessing burglary tools and obstructing an officer, also a misdemeanor.
The arrest was also welcomed by Mesquite Police Chief MaQuade Chesley, who said his officers cannot be everywhere at once. The department therefore relies on “the wonderful citizens of Mesquite to be our extra eyes and ears”.
He added that it was the accurate information provided by the 911 caller that led to Miller’s arrest and the recovery of the stolen property, which was returned to the owners.
Oliver said at least two vehicles were broken into, but more victims may come forward as the investigation progresses.
This report is based on statements taken from court records, police or other stakeholders and may not contain the full extent of the conclusions. Those arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty by a court or until a trier of fact decides otherwise.
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