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An early morning call from a neighbor in El Rio Villa reporting unusual noise in an adjacent residence led to the arrest of a burglary suspect.

This past Sunday morning Winters Police Officer Thomas Letterman responded on scene at 7:51 a.m.

According to Winters Police Chief John P. Miller, when Letterman arrived at the Purtell Court residence he discovered a broken window at the rear of the property and heard noise coming from inside.

Letterman entered the residence with his service weapon drawn when the suspect appeared and was quickly apprehended.

The suspect, Thomas Johnson, a 59-year-old Caucasian transient, was armed with a carpenter’s knife. Johnson was taken into custody by the Yolo County Sheriff deputies on suspicion of burglary.

The occupants of the residence were not home at the time of the incident.

Miller said the Winters Police Department relies on citizen input and credited the neighbor’s call for leading to the arrest and resolution of the incident.

For emergencies call 911. Tips on non emergencies can be called in to the regular dispatch (non emergency) line at 530-795-4561. When reporting, Miller said it’s important to provide accurate identification of people and a date timestamp on photos.

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