Provo residents detain burglary suspect

Posted at 5:33 PM, Jun 11, 2012
and last updated 2012-06-11 19:33:10-04

An alleged burglary attempt was foiled Friday night when the suspect was detained by a Provo man and his neighbors.

The victim, who asked not to be identified, and his wife returned to their home in the Grandview neighborhood around 10:30 that night. A vehicle belonging to the victim was parked in the garage.  The victim noticed the dome light of that vehicle had been turned on. The victim then saw a man walk out of his garage and across a neighbor’s lawn.

The victim called out to the suspect, who ignored him and kept walking. The victim then approached the suspect and asked him what he was doing. The suspect still refused to speak.

The victim’s wife ran to ask some of their neighbors for help while the victim called 911. The suspect removed some property, which he allegedly took from the car, out of his pocket, saying “I don’t want any trouble.”

Several neighbors gathered around the suspect until officers arrived. Police arrested 33-year-old Craig Burnam in connection with the burglary.

“This is a great example of neighbors taking care of one another.  Thanks to the vigilance of these residents who detained the suspect, our officers were able to arrest Mr. Burnam.  Citizens who are alert to suspicious activity, and report that activity, are one of the most valuable assets a police department can ask for,” said Provo Police Chief Rick Gregory in a statement released to FOX 13 News.

Burnam was booked into the Utah County Jail on one count of burglary and one count of giving false information to a police officer.