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Norfolk deputy arrests suspects he saw breaking into neighbors’ vehicles

Posted at 8:24 PM, Oct 03, 2014

Virginia Beach, Va. - Kim Cockrell says she can sleep peacefully tonight in her Chicks Beach neighborhood thanks to a Norfolk deputy who took action against crime to arrest four people he says he saw breaking into cars.

“My husband left around 7:30 this morning. What he did was he pulled his van out and he noticed his car had been tampered with,” says Cockrell.

Her car, her husband’s car, and several of her neighbors were all broken into. But by the time police got to her house to take a report, the arrests had already been made.

“An officer that was in another house near my neighborhood right here in Chicks Beach, he actually witnessed them going through cars in another neighborhood and they were actually opening up trying to pull door handles or do whatever. It happened, he came out and got him arrested, and that`s just fantastic,” says Cockrell.

But today we tracked down this mystery deputy, and it was our turn to take action to bring these two together.

Deputy Minott says taking action is his job 24 hours a day all 365 days of the year.

"It's my job, it's what I’m trained to do – serve and protect,” says Minott.