BOISE -- Alert neighbors are credited with leading deputies to a man they found stealing property from their friends' backyard workshop.
Ada County spokeswoman Andrea Dearden tells KTVB that a couple noticed an unfamiliar car backing into their neighbor's driveway on Stagecoach Lane around 6 p.m. Saturday night. The couple knew their neighbors were away and watched as a man got out of the car and jumped over a gate before walking into the neighbor's backyard, said Dearden.
The couple confronted the stranger as he walked out of a shed carrying a set of keys, a hat and small notebook, Dearden said. When the couple asked the man if the items belonged to him, he reportedly said "no" and handed them to the woman.
The man walked to the parked car in the driveway and left, while the couple called emergency dispatchers, said Dearden.
A short time later, deputies pulled over a car matching the description given by the couple near the intersection of Highway 21 and Warm Springs and arrested 32-year-old Robert J. Moody, of Boise, on a burglary charge.
"The neighbors saw something that didn't look right and let us know. As a direct result of their awareness and willingness to report the information, we were able to put a criminal in jail," said Ada County Sheriff's Detective Jared Lloyd.
Dearden said that a woman, a 6-year-old child, and a dog were also in the car.
No charges were filed against the woman and the child remains in her care, said Dearden.
Moody is scheduled to be arraigned in court Monday.