Man secretly follows burglars, directs officers to suspects

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KIRKLAND, Wash. - With help from a homeowner who found intruders in his house, Kirkland officers were able to arrest two burglars.

 At 10:10 a.m. Wednesday, the homeowner arrived  in the Houghton neighborhood of Kirkland to find two men inside his home. 

 He called 911 from his cellphone.  The intruders saw the homeowner and fled, but he secretly followed them down back streets, as they tried to get out of the neighborhood undetected.

The homeowner was able to direct police right to the mens' location.

 Kirkland officers who were nearby found the two men, but they didn't have any stolen property with them because they had ditched items as they walked through the neighborhood, police said.

 A Bellevue police K-9 was brought to the area and it tracked down some stolen items that had been discarded, police said.

A Kirkland police lieutenant said they normally don't recommend people follow criminals, but in this case, since the homeowner kept his distance and remained safe, it really helped officers find the two men.