One neighbor's hunch leads police to burglars - FOX 13 News

One neighbor's hunch leads police to burglars

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WINTER HAVEN (FOX 13) - Police arrested two people accused of burglary thanks to the help of a vigilant neighbor.

Cherish Swinson, 27, and Jason Sawyer, 31, are charged with two counts of theft.

Maxie Hunter noticed a strange car parked across the street from his home Friday afternoon.

He watched from his window as Sawyer walked out of his neighbor's home with a small green bag.

Hunter says the two suspects had planned for a swift getaway but had an unexpected roadblock.

"[Sawyer] got out of the car and looked around and there was a flat tire," Hunter said.

He jumped in his car and decided to follow them.

The getaway was slow, and the duo eventually parked in the Polk State College parking lot to fix the tire.

Hunter approached them and asked if they needed help.

"[Sawyer] said yes and asked if I had a jack," Hunter said.

He did and let them use his jack to fix the tire.

Hunter left and returned home to find his neighbor, Cynthia Brown.

"My back door was open, and I had a window that was broken out," Brown said.

"When I went over to the neighbors, I was just upset and wanted to talk to somebody."

Hunter then handed Brown a card with the license tag of the getaway vehicle.

"He said 'this is the car that was sitting in your driveway today,'" Brown explained.

Brown called Winter Haven Police, and investigators ran the tag then arrested both Swinson and Sawyer.   

Investigators say the two went through a backyard gate then broke a window. Inside the bag, Hunter described, was three guns, jewelry and electronics.

Brown calls her neighbor a hero and said, "everybody should have a neighbor like Maxie because if it wasn't for him, I would have my property and firearms out in the neighborhood and this is just very distressing."


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