A community alert system utilized by the California City Police Department helped lead to the arrest of a suspect wanted on suspicion of attempted burglary.
Police said they received a call Tuesday regarding a suspicious person in the 8500 block of South Loop Boulevard. The suspect, later identified as George Stringer, entered a back yard and tried to open a door believed to lead to a residence.
The caller, a neighbor, confronted Stringer and took several pictures of him, police said. Detectives identified Stringer as a suspect and sent out a community alert on a system called Nixle, which sends text messages to residents who have signed up for the service.
Police received three calls reporting sightings of Stringer within a half hour of the alert being sent out. Friends of Stringer contacted him, and he turned himself in.