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Arrest made in Arlington home burglaries

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A FOX 4 viewer may have helped Arlington Police make an arrest into a home burglary ring.

The residents in a north Arlington neighborhood are well aware of the burglaries. After FOX 4 aired the surveillance video Thursday night, police said the same suspect wore the same jacket and climbed over the gate just like he did before and broke into another house Friday morning.

The new surveillance video shows him coming onto the property empty handed then showed him leaving with stolen goods.

Police said he and his friends got a car and went back for more.

Police said two of the thieves left on foot while the others drove away.

Charles Washington said the thieves left footprints behind on his door after they kicked it in.

He said he is missing electronics and jewelry.

"I went to school to do what I do because I wanted to be successful in life and I have to come home to my privacy being invaded by someone else," said Charles Washington.

After FOX 4's story aired about the three burglaries in the small gated north Arlington neighborhood in just one month, residents were on high alert.

"One of the resident's sons saw the newscast and had emailed the piece to his mother and the mother happened to be coming in the gate and saw the burglars loading up the car with the goods," said Homeowners Association Secretary Teri Willoughby.

During the burglary, one homeowner saw the suspect and recognized one of them from the surveillance video in our story.

The homeowner got the vehicle description, and the license plate number then called police.

"Had we not had the call, had we not had that neighbor that obtained that excellent description and provided us the license plate, we probably would still be actively looking for an unknown suspect at this point," said Sgt. Christopher Cook with the Arlington Police Department.

It only took a few hours for detectives to identify four people. They drew up arrest warrants and now have one person in custody.

"This is just a great example though of neighbors looking out for neighbors and that's what it's all about," said Sgt. Christopher Cook.

"We have to thank FOX 4 News for airing the piece because if it had not been for that we wouldn't be where we are today," said Teri Willoughby.

Arlington Police found some of the stolen items from Friday morning's burglary.

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