Hastings police arrested three Grand Island residents after they were caught in a daylight burglary Wednesday on the west side of town.
Police responded to a report of suspicious activity in the 800 block of Richmond Avenue about noon. Upon arrival, officers found a burglary in progress at the residence of James and Vicky Treadway of 804 N. Richmond Ave.
As officers arrived, one of the suspects came around the garage area, saw an officer and alerted the others. Estid Barrios, 21, and two 17-year-old boys reportedly fled the residence on foot, leaving behind a vehicle with Hall County license plates containing stolen items.
Two suspects were found a short time later at Kmart, 3001 W. 12th St., and arrested without incident. Barrios and one of the boys were caught and allegedly found to be in possession of marijuana. The third was apprehended a short time later at McDonalds, 1510 N. Burlington Ave.
The suspects are in the custody of the Adams County Sheriff's Office. Charges have not yet been filed in the Adams County Court.
Hastings Police Capt. Adam Story said the department had received other calls of three men in a similar vehicle knocking at houses and running away when the door was answered. Police are also investigating whether the suspects are connected to a burglary reported Wednesday morning in the 1200 block of North Webster Avenue.
He said the three suspects are members of a gang in Grand Island and wanted in connection to burglaries in other communities.
Story credited the quick response time of officers to a timely call from a neighbor about the suspicious activity.
He said avoiding the display of high-dollar items and keeping houses locked can help deter thieves from committing daylight burglaries, and being aware of neighborhood activity is
"It's people being diligent in reporting suspicious behavior," he said. "It's local neighbors looking out for neighbors and calling police when they see something that's not right."