METROPOLIS — Metropolis Police Chief Harry Masse credits an alert citizen for leading to the arrests of two suspects in a residential burglary in the 800 block of East Third Street.

Masse said in a news release police received a call at 4:10 a.m. Sunday from a man who said he believed someone was breaking into the residence. He said he saw two males at a shed at the residence; when he yelled at them, they took off running. One later returned and got into a silver-colored car.

Officers responded to the call and Officer J. McNeely found a silver car parked in the middle of the alley. As McNeely turned into the alley, the silver car started to drive away. A traffic stop was conducted. The driver, Joshua A. York, 28, of Benton, Ky., seemed extremely nervous. There were numerous household-type items in the vehicle. The victim was contacted and said he didn’t give permission for anyone to be on his property. York was taken to the police station and the car was towed. The victim identified property in the vehicle as his.

Investigation revealed the identity of the second suspect, Jacob “Jake” D. Hall, 22, of Metropolis. He was found inside a residence in the 600 block of East Third Street. Inside that residence were also items taken in a burglary that occurred Friday in the 800 block of East Third Street. That victim came to the police station and identified his property, as well.

York and Hall were each charged with two counts of burglary and theft and were taken to Massac County Detention Center. Masse said the investigation is continuing.

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