Good dog! Pooch alerts Lakeview man to burglar in home, cops make the arrest

Willie Jacobs | CPD

An Englewood man is facing burglary charges after a Lakeview resident’s dog alerted its owner to a prowler in their home around 1:30 a.m. on Jan. 12, according to court records.

Officers who responded to the home on the 1000 block of West Wellington said they saw 55-year-old Willie Jacobs walking out the residence’s rear gate when they arrived.

Jacobs was carrying a Salvatore Ferragamo backpack, a Patagonia backpack, a Salvatore Ferragamo gift bag, Sennheiser headphones, a pair of Thom Brown designer sunglasses, a MacBook, an iPad, a $150 bottle of Poli Cleopatra Grappa, and two sets of house keys, police said.

When cops asked Jacobs where he got everything, he allegedly said he found it in the alley.

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Police detained Jacobs while they met with the 26-year-old resident who reported that he was upstairs with his dog when the pooch began barking and he heard someone walking on his home’s lower level.

The man showed police where he stored many of the items that Jacobs was allegedly found carrying. Police also found an unlocked rear basement door where they suspect Jacobs made entry, according to a CPD report.

Prosecutors charged Jacobs with felony residential burglary and Judge David Navarro set bail at $5,000. Jacobs is due back in court on Feb. 4.

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