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Westminster neighbor helps police catch burglars

The actions of an alert neighbor led police to arrest three Pennsylvania men after the neighbor said he saw them burglarize a Westminster home Wednesday afternoon, according to a Carroll County Sheriff's Office news release.

Japeth C. Miles, 22, and Arik J. White, 21, of Gettysburg, and Robert J. Voitek, 18, of Fairfield, have been charged with first-, third-, and fourth-degree burglary, theft less than $1,000 and theft $1,000 to $10,000, police said.

According to police, Sheriff's Deputies responded to a report from the neighbor about 1 p.m. Wednesday that two men, later identified as Miles and Voitek, had been seen walking to the rear of a nearby home.

Police said the neighbor reported that the pair emerged a few minutes later carrying a white sack before leaving in a gray BMW coupe driven by White.

Investigators found that the home had been entered through a rear window and that several items had been taken. The detailed vehicle description was then broadcast throughout the region and was located by Master Deputy Noah Parker as it traveled into Pennsylvania, according to police.

Parker, along with officers from the McSherrystown and Conewagoe Police Departments, stopped the vehicle and detained the three men. During a subsequent search, police recovered a pry bar and a white pillow case, which contained jewelry and other valuables taken from the home, according to the release.

Miles, White, and Voitek have been charged by Pennsylvania authorities as Fugitives from Justice and are being held in the Adams County Jail pending Maryland extradition proceedings, according to police.

Carroll County Sheriff Ken Tregonning praised the efforts of neighbors, dispatchers, law enforcement and the State's Attorney's Office in a statement.

"This was an example of superb coordination between all agencies involved and serves as an example of a citizen helping the police to detect and solve crime," he said.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information concerning the crime of the three suspects is asked to contact Parker at 410-386-2900 or call the anonymous TIPS hotline at 1-888-399-8477.

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