TEMPLE — Two residents helped officers identify and catch a home burglary suspect Friday by being observant.

Temple police arrested Timothy Rice, 35, of Belton, in connection with two home burglaries, both on Friday, according to a Temple Police Department news release.

Officers received a report about 1:30 p.m. of suspicious activity in the 900 block of South 21st Street.

The caller reported seeing a man come out of the back of the house. The resident reportedly confronted the man, who then dropped the property and ran away. Officers searched the area but couldn’t find the suspect, according to the news release.

Another call came in to police about 3:45 p.m. The caller reported seeing a burglary in progress at a home in the 1300 block of South 15th Street.

A man reportedly entered the back of the house and was still inside.

Officers set up a perimeter around the home and commanded the man to come out.

A K-9 unit was sent into the house, causing the man inside to surrender.

The witness from the first burglary positively identified Rice as the same man confronted at the first home, according to the news release.

The district attorney’s office reviewed the case Sunday and filed criminal complaints against Rice for two counts of burglary of a habitation. Bond was set at $75,000 on each count. Rice remained in Bell County Jail on Wednesday.

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