Neighbours help nab thief attempting to break into a Woodland Ave home.

By Staff

BURLINGTON, ON  January 25, 2012  A Woodland Avenue resident, returning to her home at 4:45 in the afternoon on January 23rd interrupted a break and enter in progress.

Two suspects had pried open a back door to gain entry into the house. When the suspects were alerted to the resident’s presence, they fled on foot through neighbouring backyards.

Police were dispatched to the area. Alert neighbours saw the fleeing suspects and managed to capture and detain one of them for police.

Police also seized a vehicle that had been left behind by the suspects, parked in the victim’s driveway.

Police are still seeking a second male suspect, described as 6’1”, olive complexion, with a tattoo on his neck and wearing a black coat at the time of the break-in. Two female suspects are also being sought that were seen exiting the suspect vehicle and fleeing on foot.

James Mann, 19 of Hamilton, is charged with Break and Enter, Obstructing Police.  He is being held pending a bail hearing.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Burlington Criminal Investigations Bureau at 905-825-4747 x2315, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS(8477), through the web at or by texting “Tip201” with your message to 274637(crimes).

This is the second reported break in the community in as many weeks.  Hopefully Judges in Milton handling these cases will send a message to not only the criminal element via the stiff sentences they impose but to the community as well.  A statement from the bench is perhaps called for.


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