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Burglars caught red handed
James Bouie

A Jonesboro man and woman are in jail for burglary after a watchful neighbor's report allowed deputies to catch them red handed.

Just after 9:30 AM on Friday, November 1, a neighbor watched as a suspicious black Dodge truck backed into the driveway at their neighbor's house on Hope Drive. The alert neighbor then called 9-1-1 and advised dispatchers that the two occupants of the vehicle, a male and female, were attempting to kick in the front door. As deputies were responding, the neighbor then advised that the male suspect had gone around to the back of the house, while the female suspect had returned to sit in the passenger side of the truck.

Within minutes, responding deputies arrived and were able to detain the two suspects. The female suspect was detained while sitting in the truck and the male suspect was detained as he was exiting the garage with a handful of items from the house. Deputies were quickly able to determine that the two were breaking into the residence, and the two suspects were transported to the Rockdale County Jail and booked for Burglary.

"Deputies did a great job of responding quickly and preventing the suspects from getting away," said Sheriff Eric Levett. "I continue to encourage citizens to keep a watchful eye on their surroundings. We have already made several arrests this year from alert neighbors calling in suspicious activity in their neighborhoods, and I hope that cooperative effort continues."

The suspects arrested were James Bouie, 30, and Alesia Jones, 22, both of Jonesboro. They are both being held on Burglary charges without bond in the Rockdale County Jail.