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Crime & Courts

Police: Riverside homeowners nab alleged burglar as he flees home

RIVERSIDE – A Brookfield teenager was charged after police said he was caught fleeing a home he allegedly burglarized in the 100 block of Groveland Avenue on Sunday at 3:26 a.m.

Miztli Reyes, 19, of the 9100 block of Fairview Avenue in Brookfield, was charged with felony residential burglary. Police said Reyes was currently out on bond for a Riverside arrest for allegedly stealing a Riverside Brookfield High School student's bike and riding it to his home in Brookfield, where he was later arrested after being identified by security cameras on the school's campus.

Police were dispatched on Sunday after receiving a report of a burglary in progress. When officers arrived they were directed to the home's backyard where two people were attempting to hold Reyes until police arrived.

No other suspects were found after a search of the home, police said.

During an investigation, police learned that a witness observed a man walking in their rear yard at 3:20 a.m. The witness told police they saw a man walking out of their basement carrying a backpack. The witness, who knew Reyes from previous contact with him, yelled for him to stay put as they were calling police.

In the backpack, police discovered alcohol, pocket knives, a portable safe, XBox games, power tools and other miscellaneous items that were identified by the witness as their property.

According to police, Reyes gave a full, written statement to investigators admitting to burglarizing the home.

Police Chief Tom Weitzel said in a statement that it is unusual for a Riverside residence to be burglarized at 3:20 a.m. and that the homeowner, his son and friends played a crucial role in the capture of Reyes. According to Weitzel, police officers were on the scene within 1 minute and 30 seconds of the resident's 911 call.

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