Georgetown Police arrested 33-year-old Tony Vanderpool late Friday night after they say he was caught burglarizing an apartment in the Derby Hills Complex. Officers say the man who lives in the apartment came home and caught Vanderpool loading pillow cases full of stolen items, including at least two guns, onto the second floor balcony to steal.
"Our homeowner tried to wrestle the suspect down, so he dove off the back deck," explained Lt. Robert Swanigan, with the Georgetown Police department.
Several officers in the area quickly set up a perimeter and with the help of a search dog, found Vanderpool lying in a field less than 30 feet away.
"It's extremely dangerous because usually they can see us, but its so dark, we can't see them," Swanigan explained. "They watch us arrive and see us set up.In this case, our suspect was stealing firearms so, if he wasn't armed before, he was when he left."
Officers say Vanderpool knew exactly how to jimmy the sliding glass doors and think he may be responsible for other crimes in the area with the same M-O.
"If we're able to connect him to any of these-it would be great to get them solved."
Folks working at the apartment complex tell police they are working with the people who live here to make sure the glass doors are more secure. Police recommend putting metal or wooden rods in the tracks of sliding glass doors to make them more difficult to open.
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