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Update: Grand Forks Car Burglar Caught by Neighbors

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  Grand Forks residents have once again helped put a bad guy behind bars.

  Last month, a resident tackled a burglar in his home and held him for police. Early this morning, residents lead police to a suspect breaking into cars.

  Twenty-three year old Nikko Haynes has been charged with unlawful entry of a vehicle and 2 counts of property theft.

  It happened on the 23-hundred block of 2nd Avenue North, next to UND’s Energy Center just after midnight.

  Witnesses spotted a man breaking into cars. They called police, while keeping visual contact with the suspect. They were able to relay the suspect’s location, until police rolled up on the scene and arrested him.

Lt. Mike Ferguson, Grand Forks Police: “Witnesses kept an eye on the subject. He eventually fled from them and then when officers arrived on scene they located him.”

  Ferguson says Nikko Haynes surrendered without incident. He was in possession of wallets, purses, credit cards and an undisclosed amount of cash.

  Neighbor, Marilyn Sand never heard a thing.

Reporter: “It’s kind of nice to know your neighbors are keeping watch?”

Marilyn Sand, Grand Forks: “I don’t really know the neighbors too much. They’re all college students.”

Reporter: “They must have done a good job last night.”

Sand: “They must have.”

Reporter: “Never heard a thing?”

Sand: “Not a thing.”

Lt. Mike Ferguson: “Honestly, law enforcement can’t succeed without the help of the public. They are our eyes and our ears. So, we really appreciate the phone calls. When they do get involved, usually it’s pretty successful.”

Reporter: “If you want to keep your neighborhood safe,  give you a call?”

Ferguson: “Absolutely. If you see something, say something.”

  It’s advice that once again prevented a couple of folks from being victims and quickly put a bad guy behind bars.

   Police are asking you to contact them if you have any other information about this incident or if you were the victim of a similar crime.

  You can contact Grand Forks Police at: 701-787-8000

Original Story:
A car burglar has been arrested early Thursday morning in Grand Forks thanks to the help of some neighbors.

Police say a a few witnesses called police after they noticed Nikko Haynes entering vehicles in the 2300 block 2nd Avenue North. Neighbors kept in eye on Haynes until officers took him into custody.

The 23-year-old has been arrested for Unlawful Entry/Concealment into a Motor Vehicle and 2 counts of Theft of Property. 

If anybody has information about this incident, or if they were victims to similar crimes that may have occurred in the area, please contact the Grand Forks Police Department at 701-787-8000.
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