Neighbors nab thief in their own front yard

BLYTHEWOOD – In the Plantation Parkway neighborhood of Blythewood, neighbors worked together earlier this month to catch a 17-year-old who was charged with burglary.

Around 9:30 p.m. Sunday night, Dec. 2, a Plantation Parkway resident went outside to turn off his Christmas lights when he noticed a man walking down the sidewalk in the neighborhood wearing black clothing and a black backpack.

The resident later told Sheriff’s deputies that he was suspicious of the man and decided to take a second look outside.

It was then that the resident noticed the male in black clothing pulling on car door handles.

It was reported that the resident confronted the suspect who then ran off. The resident drove through the neighborhood in an effort to find the suspect, according to the report. As the resident drove around the neighborhood, he came upon neighbors who were discussing an incident in which a woman’s wallet had just been stolen out of her car while she was visiting a home on the street.

While those neighbors were calling law enforcement, they reportedly saw the man in black clothing walking around the corner but no longer wearing the backpack. The man went into a home that turned out to be his parents’ home on the same street as the burglaries.

With the help of the neighbors, deputies arrested Parker Grant ,17, and charged him with Larceny/Breaking Into a Motor Vehicle. Grant was released on an $800 Personal Recognizance bond and could face up to five years in prison or a $1,000 fine if convicted.

Representatives from the sheriff’s department, who have recently been conducting neighborhood meetings to encourage residents to take precautions against car break-ins, applauded residents in the neighborhood for looking out for each other.

The Sheriff’s department has recently advised residents in Blythewood neighborhoods to lock their vehicle doors, hide belongings from view and invest in security or alarm systems.