An arrest was made over the weekend in a burglary that took place in early May, and the Mankato Department of Public Safety is giving the credit to a watchful neighbor and an alert officer.

Mankato Department of Public Safety Commander Dan Schisel.

Commander Dan Schisel said the neighbor got in touch with police after the break-in on May 9th after he, “Happened to notice a vehicle in an alley back up to a garage that shouldn’t have been there. This person has lived there for many years. Recognized this vehicle as one not associated with this residence. Had taken a picture of the vehicle, which led officers to a description and a possible plate.”

And on Saturday, Officer Robert Swanson noticed a car that fit the unique description – a gray Taurus with a black front grill without the Ford logo, black rims, and chrome accessories on the doors – and noted that the three people in the car seemed to be nervous.

“The officer followed it for a short time,” Schisel explained, “It pulled into a gas station on North Riverfront. The officer had conversations with the occupants inside the vehicle, which led to identification of the suspects that actually committed this burglary.”

Schisel said 19-year-old Tanner Spooner of Mankato was arrested for the break-in

Twenty-year-old Brenda Lopez of Jeffers was also in the vehicle, but originally gave investigators her sister’s name. She had an arrest warrant in Cottonwood County. Schisel said she has been charged with giving police a false name.