When Dawn Cadden saw a man wandering around her neighbor's home for the second time, she got suspicious.
Richard and Pamela Johnson, who live in the 500 block of Elizabeth Lane in Glen Burnie, were away on a Caribbean cruise, and Ms. Cadden wondered who the stranger was and what he was doing in the front yard in the middle of the afternoon.
"I thought it was strange and I called 911," Ms. Cadden said of the July 14 incident. "The dispatcher said they would send a car over, but they asked me if I would go over and ask the man what he was doing. I didn't want to do that."
Apparently, Ms. Cadden said, the man broke into the Johnsons' home while she was on the phone with the police.
"When I hung up, I went outside, and I saw the man walking up the street with a bag under his arm," she said. "I went back in the house and called the police back. They sent a car right away."
According to the police report, when officers questioned construction workers at the intersection of Thelma Avenue and Elizabeth Lane who told them they had seen a man fitting the description of the burglar walking toward Quarterfield Road.
The suspect was stopped as he was walking under the Route 100 bridge overpass on Quarterfield Road, the police report said.
Officers questioned him and brought him back to the neighborhood, and he was identified as the man wandering in the yard.
Police found change and a pair of gray pants -- what Ms. Cadden had thought was a bag that had been taken from the house, the police report said.
Robert Morris Jackson, 32, of the 700 block of Queenstown Road in Severn, was charged with burglary and theft.
Mr. Johnson, who has lived in the house for five years, said someone also took gold jewelry.
"First, he broke into my shed and broke the locks out," he said. "I'm just glad that we have neighbors that care. We didn't come home until Saturday, and if it hadn't been for them, the windows would have still been broken out."
Mr. Johnson said another neighbor replaced all the locks on the shed and boarded up the back window of the house that the burglar had broken to get in.
"They did everything for us," said Mrs. Johnson. "And we appreciate it. So many times people don't want to get involved. I've never been around people that are so nice."
Ms. Cadden said she was only being neighborly.
"It just made me so mad," she said. "I just hope someone does the same for me."