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Off-duty police officer nabs Akron serial burglary suspect

Published: Oct. 5, 2021 at 11:10 AM EDT|Updated: Oct. 5, 2021 at 12:09 PM EDT
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AKRON, Ohio (WOIO) - An off-duty Akron police officer is being praised for catching a burglary suspect in his own neighborhood.

Ofc. William Culver told 19 News he heard a Ring Door Bell alarm go off around 3:30 a.m. Tuesday at his neighbor’s home in the 700 block of Ecton Road.

”I came running outside,” said Culver, who is an officer for the Akron Police Department.

He lives a few houses down from where the alarm sounded.

The resident, Leo Walter, called 911 and told police someone was on his enclosed porch and trying to break into his home.

”I rushed downstairs with my phone and I turned on the light on the porch and the prowler turns and exited quickly,” Walter told 19 News.

As patrol officers were on the way, Culver saw the suspect running from Walter’s home.

He began to chase the would-be burglar and managed to catch up to him.

Culver grabbed and held the man until on-duty officers arrived to take the suspect into custody.

”We’re thrilled to death that we have a great police department here. He did a great job,” Walter said about Culver’s actions.

Akron police identified the suspected burglar as 56-year-old Richard Curley.

They told 19 News Curley is also a person of interest in a string of other burglaries and similar crimes in the surrounding area.

Police added they found Curley’s vehicle, a Volkswagen Passat, in the 700 block of Palisades Drive.

Anyone with information is asked to call Akron police at 330-375-2490 or Summit County Crimestoppers at 330-434-COPS.

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