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Burglary suspect spotted by store owner

By: Elizabeth Dorsett Email
By: Elizabeth Dorsett Email

A police officer catches a burglary suspect during a chase, just minutes after a break-in.

"It was like an episode of Cops!" exclaimed Sheri Gruchow, who owns Fava's on Main Street with her parents.

Gruchow says around midnight, she heard a loud noise below and looked outside, spotting a man lurking near the family restaurant. She lives just across the street and called 911.

"I followed him, chased him down until the cops arrived," Gruchow explained, adding that Officer Victor Desoto actually scaled a fence and then tackled 38-year-old James Caudill.

James Caudill is charged with burglary, criminal mischief and fleeing.

After the start of business Wednesday, police say they got calls from Top Gun Auto Sales on 460 as well as Georgetown Family Chiropractic next door. They say both were hit by Caudill.

"It's good to catch the bad guy," Lt. Robert Swanigan of the Georgetown Police Department said. "He didn't take anything from the car lot or chiroprator."

Police are now investigating whether or not Caudill is responsible for several other similar burglaries in the area over the last few days.

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