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Authorities applaud alert neighbors in case of elderly woman who was tied during burglary

The family of an elderly woman whose Collin County house was burglarized while she was bound expresses thankfulness for the prompt response of neighbors and police.

The Murphy police are currently examining whether the individuals are connected to other crimes in the region.

Tuesday morning, residents of the established neighborhood along Starlite Drive in Murphy expressed surprise at the occurrence of a crime.

John Cantrell, a neighbor, remarked, “I was stunned that it happened here.” “They chose the wrong neighborhood because everyone in our community looks out for one another. Neighbors down the street spotted a suspicious vehicle and notified the police.”

Fortunately, attentive neighbors observed an unusual vehicle circling the road and then stopping in the driveway of a residence, and they immediately notified the homeowner’s family and the authorities.

“[Officers] observed persons exiting the garage with masks and socks on their hands,” stated Chief of Police Chris Chandler of Murphy.

The police then detained 36-year-old Jorge Morales of Sachse and 27-year-old Albert Silva of Royce City.

Both are accused with residential burglary and unlawful confinement.

Officers then discovered a 79-year-old woman with her wrists tied behind her back inside the residence. According to Chandler, the woman stated that she was bound but not otherwise injured.

Her grandson told NBC 5 that she is extremely shaken but wishes to express gratitude to the police and her neighbors for their prompt responses.

According to him, the intruders broke in and repeatedly asked for a man by name. According to the woman’s grandson, they also demanded to know where the guns and cash were.

Cantrell remarked of his neighbor, “She’s a darling,” She must weigh less than ninety pounds, yet she mows her own lawn in the summer heat.

Detectives from Murphy are currently investigating if the pair committed at least one other crime on the same day.

According to internet criminal records, Silva was charged with cocaine possession in Dallas County in 2008.

There are no online felony records for Morales.

Chief Chandler lauds the prompt actions of residents and police, notably Parker officers who reacted swiftly.

“This is one of the lessons we’ll be emphasizing on Tuesday night during our national night out: Know your neighbors. Thus, you will be aware when something out of the norm occurs,” he stated.

Silva and Morales are incarcerated on charges of burglary and unlawful confinement.

Additional fees are anticipated.

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