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Neighbors big help to police in break-ins




When police investigated a string of burglaries at the Franklin United Methodist Community, they put the neighborhood on alert and started working to track down the burglar.

Information from family members led police to a suspect, Zachary Neff. Blood police recovered in one of the burglarized homes confirmed he was there. Police were able to recover several items of jewelry that were taken and tracked down others that had been sold to a local gold buyer. Earlier this year, Neff pleaded guilty to two charges of burglary and is now serving 10 years in prison.

Tips from friends and family and DNA evidence helped police solve that case, making up one of about 40 burglary charges that are filed each year.

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