Neighbor's call to police helps officers catch Cornelius man fleeing building

An alert neighbor is credited with thwarting a robbery Wednesday night at a Forest Grove elementary school.

Shortly after 10 p.m., officers from the Forest Grove Police Department, assisted by officers from the Cornelius Police Department and deputies from the Washington County Sheriff's Office, were dispatched to a burglary in progress at Joseph Gale School, at 3130 18th Ave. in Forest Grove.

Police say an alert neighbor reported seeing a subject break a window at the school and go inside. Officers quickly responded and surrounded the school.

While at the school, police say, officers saw a subject inside. A canine unit from the Washington County Sheriff's Office arrived on scene and assisted with searching the school. During the search, a subject ran out a door, but was quickly apprehended by waiting officers outside, according to police.

Christopher L. Kirby, 21, of Cornelius was arrested and charged with Burglary II, Theft II, Criminal Mischief II, and an unrelated bench warrant. Several pieces of computer equipment were recovered at the scene and returned to the school, police said.

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