Neighbors foiled burglar, according to police

Watchful neighbors helped foil one man’s alleged plan to burglarize an Elmira Street residence early Monday morning.

Darryl Lamont Franklin Jr., 39, of 653 Hepburn St., faces felony charges for attempted burglary and attempted criminal trespassing as well as one misdemeanor charge for criminal mischief.

A neighbor contacted city police at about 2:30 a.m. when she noticed a man, dressed in all black, hanging around 814 Elmira St.

The neighbor told police she became concerned because she knew the man was not a resident of the home, yet he was wandering around the residence looking into windows, according to reports.

The neighbor then watched as the prowler stopped near an open window on the first floor of the building.

She saw him do something to the bottom screen of the window, and told authorities it appeared he was trying to cut the screen to gain entry into the residence, according to police.

Authorities arrived at the scene about 10 minutes later.

As officers walked around the perimeter of the residence, they allegedly saw Franklin come out from behind the home and cross a nearby alley.

Authorities told Franklin to stop and show himself, which allegedly prompted him to hide behind a truck for a short time before he was ultimately detained by officers, according to court record.

The two residents of the home, Nicholas Spofford and Kristina Hubbard, were home at the time of the incident. They were able to confirm that the window screen had suffered damage since they had last seen it a few hours before.

Neither resident knew Franklin personally, but both recognized him as a man who had been near their home several times in the last couple of days.

Franklin was arraigned by District Judge Gary Whiteman and currently is incarcerated in lieu of $75,000 bail.