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Alert neighbor thwarts burglary, police say


An alert Stafford County neighbor helped police stop one burglary and solve at least one other, police said.

Sheriff’s spokesman Bill Kennedy said Deputy Ron Jones went to Lake Arrowhead Tuesday morning in response to a reported burglary in progress. A man reported seeing a young man place a bicycle in a ditch on Boundary Lane and walk around the corner to his neighbor’s home on Beech Drive.

The young man knocked on the front door, then looked in the windows before jumping a fence and going to the back of the house. The neighbor, knowing that no one was home, went to the back yard to confront the young man.

After hearing the neighbor outside, Kennedy said, the young man jumped from inside the home through a window screen and landed on the back porch. He then ran back to the bike and rode away, police said.

Deputy Jones spotted the man a short time later and took him into custody. The subsequent investigation showed that nothing was missing from the home on Beech Drive.

Dejuan Antonio Leavell, 20, who lives on Boundary Lane, is charged with breaking and entering, conspiracy to commit burglary, grand larceny and larceny with the intent to sell.

Kennedy said that Leavell and others are being investigated in connection with several other recent burglaries in the Lake Arrowhead area and that more charges are pending.

Leavell was placed in the Rappahannock Regional Jail under no bond.