Watchful neighbors thanked in burglary arrest

The Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station can be reached by calling 661-260-4000.

Local sheriff’s deputies who arrested a burglary suspect on Thanksgiving are today praising the vigilant acts of SCV residents working to protect one another.

“We know of one suspect who sure picked the wrong house to burglarize,” a post to the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station’s Facebook page read. “Little did he know that our residents are on top of it.”

James Campbell, 28, is suspected to have tried to break into a house on the 15900 block of Live Oak Springs Canyon Road in Canyon Country early on Thanksgiving morning, the post states.

Officials suspect the man thought no one was home.

“He probably thought no one would see him. But the prepared homeowner, even though she wasn’t at the location, had a surveillance video system that detected motion,” the social media post read.

“She received a notification that someone was at her doorstep, and then she remotely viewed a man trying to open her doorknob,” the post states.

The homeowner then called a neighbor, who just happened to be an off-duty sheriff’s deputy. The neighbor went over to check on the home and spotted the suspect attempting to get into the victim’s garage. The man was able to detain the suspect until deputies arrived.

Campbell was arrested for attempted burglary, possession of heroin, possession of narcotics paraphernalia and for being drunk in public.

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