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Homeowner spots crime in progress and fights back

By: Tamara Evans Email
By: Tamara Evans Email

A man tired of crime decided to turn the tables on a couple of men he spotted breaking into cars on his street!

There's one thing Eric Thomas says he can't stand.

"It's a thief," Thomas says.

Thomas says, he's been a victim before.

"My car was stolen on New Years Day. It was stolen right from my front door and I'm tired of it. I'm tired of it," says Eric Thomas.

So when his wife spotted two men after midnight, acting suspicious on Bennington Court who were going through his neighbor's car, he took action.

"I went and got my firearm, walked out and watched them rummage through the car, and followed them up the street where they stopped at a couple of the neighbors cars," says Eric Thomas.

The homeowner says he followed the two men up Bennington Court, and onto Bennington Lane. That's when he says he took matters into his own hands by apprehending them.

"I think they heard me when I broke a stick or something. One guy said 'look out' and I came from behind the tree and pulled the gun on them," says Eric Thomas.

Thomas says as for the two men, they quickly dropped to the ground.

"I said 'lay there, hands spread out' and patted them down real good. I've watched CSI before I guess," he says.

19-year-old Ernest George and 19-year-old Craig Bosley Jr. were arrested and taken to the Madison County Detention Center. Authorities say they had taken a gun and ipod from two cars on the street. It's a crime Eric Thomas hopes won't happen again.

"It's a neighborhood watch thing and I'd want the neighbors to do the same for me," says Eric Thomas.

As for the two men police arrested, Ernest George and Craig Bosley Jr., they were charged with Theft by Unlawful Taking for a firearm, which is a felony.

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