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Thursday, Oct 24 2013 12:03 PM

Community alert system helps lead to suspect's arrest


A community alert system utilized by the California City Police Department helped lead to the arrest of a suspect wanted on suspicion of attempted burglary.

Police said they received a call Tuesday regarding a suspicious person in the 8500 block of South Loop Boulevard. The suspect, later identified as George Stringer, entered a back yard and tried to open a door believed to lead to a residence.

The caller, a neighbor, confronted Stringer and took several pictures of him, police said. Detectives identified Stringer as a suspect and sent out a community alert on a system called Nixle, which sends text messages to residents who have signed up for the service.

Police received three calls reporting sightings of Stringer within a half hour of the alert being sent out. Friends of Stringer contacted him, and he turned himself in.

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