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Nashville Woman Helps Police Catch Burglar

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by Emily Luxen

Nashville, Tenn. -  A man with a lengthy criminal history is behind bars thanks to some quick thinking and action by a Nashville woman.

When Rose Pohl glanced out the back window of her Edgehill home Tuesday afternoon she saw a man attempting to break into her neighbor's home in broad daylight.

"He went to the window and started fidgeting with it, so I slammed my back door a couple of times," said Pohl.  "I thought I better call 911 because he's up to no good."

Metro Police say the man, Vachel Lockert, 55, then broke into a nearby home at 1230 Villa Place.  The home was for sale and vacant, and officers were able to arrest Lockert without incident.  Police praised Pohl for looking out for her neighborhood.

"The officer said I did the right thing by calling 911," said Pohl. "Personally, I thought I did my civic duty.  I didn't think it was a big deal."

Neighbors said their normally quiet street has seen a recent increase in both car and home break-ins.  As a result, they are trying to keep an eye out for suspicious behavior.

"We're always looking out windows and making sure things are normal," said Kurt Niesner. "We all look out for each other."

Lockert remains in custody on a $10,000 bond.  Metro police said his criminal history dates back to 1980.  He has been arrested 116 times, and been charged 170 times for various crimes ranging from burglary to criminal trespass.


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