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Neighbor's vigilance and call thwarts attempted burglary in Dubuque


In the fairly peaceful area of Dubuque's South Grandview Avenue, an attempted burglary Monday afternoon stirred the neighborhood.

"Has to be scary, coming home and know somebody invaded your house and your privacy," neighbor Jo Ann Fries said.

She watched as police and sheriff's officials responded to the burglary at her neighbor's home in the 1400 block of South Grandview Avenue.

She said she's thankful for the other neighbor, who noticed what was going on at the house across the street from him and called the Dubuque police, who, along with Dubuque County sheriff's officials, arrived quickly and arrested the man.

"Thanks to the neighbor for calling them," Fries said, sitting on her back porch. "I hope, [if] something would happen here, somebody would do the same thing."

It's that kind of care for the community police hope to promote through Tuesday's National Night Out. 2013 marks the 30th annual National Night Out, a tradition meant to unite communities and their local law enforcement agencies around the common goal of keeping cities safe.

Tuesday marked Dubuque's fourth annual celebration, organized by Dubuque police Lt. Scott Baxter.

"It's just a chance to break down some of those barriers, I guess, between neighbors and citizens and the law enforcement and realize that we're all on the same team and we're not going to tolerate criminal behavior, criminal activity; we're going to fight it as a team," Baxter said.

He said the thwarted burglary situation Monday afternoon exemplifies how neighbors looking out for neighbors can help keep the community safe.

"We live in a good neighborhood and we'd like to keep it that way," Fries said.

Neither the victim nor the neighbor who called police about the burglary wanted to go on camera with KWWL, but everyone who commented on the situation said calling in suspicious behavior is just the common-sense thing to do.

The man arrested for the class D felony of third-degree burglary is 24-year-old Antonio Rowe, of Madison, Wis. He's in the Dubuque County Jail on a $10,000 cash bond. The Wisconsin Department of Corrections also wants Rowe for a parole violation.

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