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Reporting suspicious activity
BEAUMONT- by Haley Bull
Refrigerators, washers, dryers, or what's left them, piled up in the back of a pick up truck Thursday.
"They though because of the fact that it was red-tagged that nobody cared you know, that if they went in and just took the items. So they were pretty bold about it," Beaumont Police Officer Doug Kibodeaux said.
Witnesses told Beaumont Police two men had taken the items from an abandoned home on Redwood Drive off the Eastex Freeway.
"I was driving home and I saw two guys walk into an abandoned home that's condemned to be torn down and five minutes later I saw a green pick up back in and loading things," Nancy Dickey said.
She didn't take her eyes off the men.
"I watched them the whole entire time and had the dispatcher for the police department on the phone with me," Dickey said.
Police said the suspects were planning to look for a scrap metal dealer to buy the appliances. But they never made it that far. The men ended up in the back of a police car.
Condemned houses like the one that lured the pair are scattered throughout Beaumont.
"The problem with that is that if it's a condemned house a lot of people, they see somebody there they just assume that they're either working on it or something and they don't call in," Kibodeaux said. "So when they call in, we'll every once in a while, we'll catch 'em doing it."
In this case, police caught the suspects. Officers weren't able to charge them with theft because investigators couldn't find the homeowner.
But with help from alert neighbors officers expect to have many more chances to keep people like Nancy Dickey safe from crime.
"I'm glad I did it, I mean I feel good about it especially since it's right next door to me," she said.
Police encourage people to call if they see anything suspicious in their neighborhood. Officers said it takes them only minutes to check out a report.