Neighbors Stop Burglary in Progress

Neighbors Stop Burglary in Progress

By: Kalene O'Brien
NewsWest 9

ODESSA - An Odessa man landed himself behind bars for breaking into a home. Nearby neighbors are actually the ones who caught him and made sure he didn't get away. It happened on Southbrook Court in Odessa just before midnight on Saturday. Residents there are proving that knowing your neighbors goes a long way. Some even made a citizens arrest when they spotted a robbery at a nearby home.

"Everybody knows each other here so if they are out of town the neighbors will still be there. Here, everybody watches over everybody and that's how it should be," said Kristain Shaerman, a neighbor of the victim.

44 year old Wallace Kiesewetter was caught in the act by two neighbors. They pinned him to the ground and held him at gunpoint until officers arrived at the scene.

"Citizens arrest occur a lot more than people realize. They are perfectly in the right to do that," said Steve LeSueur with the Odessa Police Department.

The crimestopper duo, a husband and wife, immediately knew the man didn't belong in the area. When they saw him fully inside the home, they quickly took action.

"They risked their own life coming out and trying to help us and protect our home and family so it's great having neighbors like this," said the victim who wanted to remain anonymous.

"You just have to realize that anytime you're doing a citizens arrest there's always potential that the suspect could have a weapon on them," said LeSueur.

This thankful homeowner says the close relationship she has with several of her neighbors should be common in more areas.

"You need to know your neighbors. Have their number. Also, I use the Nextdoor app. As soon as it happened I put it on the Nextdoor app. So I got a lot of feedback on that. It gives everyone in the neighborhood a heads-up," said the victim.

"I believe we handled it as best we could. I have it big in my heart that they'll do the same for us," said Shaerman.

Kiesewetter is facing felony charges as well as a public intoxication charge. All of the property taken from the home has been returned.