Police are crediting members of a Hamilton community with the arrest of four burglars who were caught after being chased by neighbours, including one on a push bike.
Police were called to Alderson Rd in Fairview Downs about 1.15pm on Saturday after reports from neighbours that a home was being broken into, Inspector Greg Nicholls said.
Two young men were seen standing outside a property while two others broke into the home.
"Other neighbours also called 111, and when confronted the four took off with a number of residents hot on their heels including one following them on a push bike as they fled towards Tramway Rd," Mr Nicholls said.
When police arrived, several members of the public were able to point them in the direction that the robbers had fled.
Three youths were arrested a short time later.
A fourth was arrested the next day.
"The assistance provided by the public in this matter speaks volumes for the community spirit in this area and just how effective the timely relaying of information can be," he said.
As a result of the arrests four males aged between 15 and 18 have been charged with a variety of burglary-related charges.