Homeowner Detains Burglar, Who was Armed with Muzzle Rifle and Toy Gun, Sheriff Says

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At least four Greene County deputies responded to a home in Suburban Acres mobile home park Friday morning in reference to a burglary in progress.

According to a release from the sheriff’s office, a 56-year-old suspect unlawfully entered the residence with a muzzle rifle and a plastic toy gun and confronted the homeowner and a visitor about a possible stolen dog.

The homeowner was able to disarm the suspect and detain him until officers arrived. The “stolen” dog was not recovered and the suspect was transported to a local hospital due to complaints of health issues, the release said.

The park is located off Kearney Street, east of U.S. 65 and Springfield Underground. 

The News-Leader observed a deputy could be seen talking with a young man with a dog.

Although he did not have apparent injuries, the young man with the dog stepped into the ambulance for a few minutes and an officer led the concerned dog, who kept trying to board the ambulance, to a trailer at the south end of the trailer park.

A neighbor who declined to give his name said he didn’t know what was going on but it “must be serious.”

“All I know is they barreled in here pretty darn quick,” he said.

Potential charges will be submitted to the prosecutor’s office for review once the investigation is completed, the release said.

(Read the original story shared by the Springfield News-Leader here.)

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