An alert neighbor helped catch suspected burglars in the act. A man and woman are in custody after trying to break into two homes north of Omaha Friday morning.
The Ponca Hills neighborhood isn't used to this kind of excitement. “I had taken the day off today and I had started seeing all these police officers and sheriffs running down the street so I knew it was pretty serious when you see the guns out,” said resident Janis Bird. “I pretty much stayed in the house because I was afraid to go out.”
The man and woman were in a house near North 40th Street and Ponca Road after an alert neighbor spotted them breaking into Jeff’s house next door around 9:30 a.m. “They then left in their car, which was stolen by the way, and then headed down that way and then he saw them sitting in the driveway of the house next door, which to me is pretty stupid."
That stolen car was a Mercedes roadster, which had been taken Thursday in another burglary in Omaha where a number of guns were stolen as well. When deputies arrived they weren't taking any chances and assumed the suspects could be armed. After setting up a perimeter, they entered the house and found 25-year-old Rebecca Ramirez hiding in the garage.
The other suspect decided to hide in the attic and didn't come down until meeting face to face with a police K-9. Twenty-eight-year-old Bradley Janisch suffered several dog bites and was eventually taken to Immanuel Medical Center for treatment before heading to jail.
“Glad to know that we had a good neighbor that saw something suspicious next door there, called it in and they got it taken care of without too much of an incident,” said Bird.
“That's what it takes, extra eyes and ears out there to call 911 and give us information that we need,” said Douglas County Sheriff’s Department Lt. Joe Martinec.
The police K-9 named Argo nearly fell through a hole in the ceiling during the skirmish with Janisch, but was not injured. Both suspects face numerous charges including burglary and obstruction.