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Neighborhood watch group catches a criminal

September 12, 2006

Albany -- Proof tonight that neighborhood watches can be effective in fighting crime.

After a series of robberies and burglaries in Albany's Lake Park area neighbors got together and got serious about watching out for crooks. It paid off.

Seventeen-year-old Brandon Keaton of Leesburg is in the Dougherty County Jail tonight charged with burglary.

Neighbors reported a suspicious person around Meadowlark Drive and Lullwater Road around noon today. Police stopped Keaton and found he had stolen loot with him.

Lake Park is the largest neighborhood watch group in Albany right now. Neighbors say recent business break-ins nearby made them even more vigilant.

"Several neighbors had reported some activity in this general area, and obviously the robberies and break-ins over off of Westgate had been of concern to us because the area was starting to heat up a little bit," said Lake Park watch organizer Mike Flynn.

The Lake Park Watch has up to 30 volunteers who patrol neighborhood streets. They say police can't do it all themselves, so it's time to step up to keep their area safe.

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