A pair of men stealing goods from a Muldoon home Tuesday afternoon were stopped in the act thanks to an alert citizen, according to Anchorage police.

APD spokesman MJ Thim said a 1:15 p.m. call from the 8600 block of Pioneer Drive, off East 36th Avenue near the Tudor-Muldoon curve, led to the arrests of 29-year-old Johnny Cachola and 35-year-old Saiyachack Sisoukpanthong.

“The preliminary investigation found that a neighbor noticed a suspicious vehicle parked in a driveway and called 911,” Thim wrote in a statement. “Officers with the Patrol Division arrived and caught the suspects burglarizing a residence.”

Thim didn’t have word on what the men had taken from the home or what prompted the neighbor to call police, but emphasized that the crime was still in progress when it was reported.

“They were in the act of taking multiple items from the residence,” Thim said. “This really is a great example of a neighbor noticing something.”

Cachola and Sisoukpanthong were held at the Anchorage Jail on charges of first-degree burglary and second-degree theft.

Anchorage police encourage other concerned citizens to join a local Neighborhood Crime Watch program.

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