Alert citizen tips police to impending burglary in Natomas

Three youths were taken into custody with the aid of police dogs after an alert tipster saw them casing a South Natomas home.

What Sacramento police described as “a very observant witness” called to report the young people were acting suspiciously in the area of Las Coches Way about 10 a.m. Wednesday.

The tipster asked police officers to investigate because it appeared the youths were sizing up homes to burglarize.

More calls came into police that said the teens had entered a backyard.

When officers arrived, the suspects were forcing their way into a home.

The trio fled.

One teen was quickly apprehended with the help of a police dog.

The two others climbed onto a rooftop, but surrendered because other police dogs were nearby with their officer handlers.

Detectives plan to investigate whether the teenagers are connected to other burglaries or thefts in the Natomas area.