Williston Police on Tuesday arrested two area teens for the attempted burglary of a residence in the 100 block of Northeast Third Avenue.
A neighbor saw two suspicious subjects by the back door of a house at 9:25 a.m. The resident was not at home. The suspects saw the neighbor and fled on foot with the neighbor in pursuit.
The suspects split up, but were later located by officers Bond and Morris at a residence on Northeast 10th Street they have been called to before.
Arrested were Chauncee Myers of Southeast 10th Street and Sydney Frasier Jr. of Williston.
Officers had been called to the 10th Street residence in months past when occupants were observed firing a handgun randomly. On that occasion an adult resident denied any gunfire, but officers located a handgun in a barbecue grill behind the house.
The juveniles are expected to be detained by juvenile authorities. One is already on probation. Information on other break-ins is being pursued, according to police.
The police credit the neighbor for initiating the call. Police Chief Dan Davis said, "The police can't be effective without an involved citizenry. In this case, many neighbors gathered afterward and were quick to commend the witness for helping to protect their neighborhood."
Also this week, police in Memphis, Tenn., arrested a Williston teen after being tipped off by Williston investigators that the teen was wanted for a break-in here involving the theft of multiple firearms.
Anthony Vessels, 17, had a firearm in his possession at the time of his arrest, police said. His extradition to Florida is anticipated.