Citizen’s tip leads to Bellaire arrests

BELLAIRE – A citizen’s quick thinking led to two arrests in a burglary case Wednesday.

Ryan Johnson, 23, 3342 Guernsey St., Bellaire, and Bryan McCorkle, 22, 56250 First St., Bellaire, were both arrested and charged with burglary, a felony of the second degree.

According to Sheriff David Lucas, deputies responded to an alarm at a vacant Fulton Hill Road residence close to 10 a.m. and found a broken basement window. A local resident reported observing a strange car in the area and photographed the vehicle and license plate.

“That information gave us suspects from the Bellaire area,” Lucas said. Bellaire police were contacted and located the car at 3342 Guernsey St. “From there and the evidence that was recovered, two arrests were made for the burglary.”

Lucas added that one of the items recovered was a pistol.

“From the quick response of the deputies, and also I’ve got to commend the resident, this is where the community really comes in,” he said. “When you see something strange or out of place in the area, make note of it. This resident did, and by making note of it and by taking photographs of the car led us to solving this case and getting a weapon off the street.”

The case remains under investigation.

“This resident did a terrific job, knowing that car didn’t belong and taking a photograph, so when we got there it all came together.”

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