Kettering burglars pose as landscape workers

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KETTERING, Ohio (WDTN) – One person was arrested and another was detained after SWAT and police swarmed a residence in Kettering Tuesday afternoon.

Police tell 2 NEWS that a neighbor and a mailman became suspicious of two strangers who were walking around the Governors Trail neighborhood. The two drew more attention when a vehicle, never seen before by neighbors, was seen parked in a home’s driveway. 

Kettering police public information officer, Joe Ferrell, said the mailman confronted the two before choosing to call police. 

“What they had been doing was going around homes and knocking on doors. If somebody answered, they would ask about landscaping work. If nobody was home, they’d try to find a way inside,” Ferrell said. 

Ferrell said the suspects were able to get inside through an unlocked door. 

An officer who was already in the area responded within seconds. SWAT, who was doing training nearby, responded soon after as backup. 

The suspected who was arrested was seen by police rummaging through the home. Ferrell said he was asked to turn himself in and shortly hesistated before surrendering. His suspected partner had fled before police arrived. He was tracked down by Moraine police.

Ferrell said the mailman did the right thing by calling police when he sensed something was off. While some people may knock on doors looking for legitimate work, others may just be scoping out homes to burglarize.

“Please call us because we can come out and check to see if they have proper credentials, or you know who are these people,” Ferrell said. 

The road was shut down in both ways while law enforcement handled the situation. It re-opened just before 5 p.m.

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