Homeless man helps police catch suspect

Posted by Ellen Krafve - email

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Early Wednesday morning a burglar broke into Wings and Wheels located at 6611 South Broadway. When the suspect entered the business he probably expected the alarm that went off, but what he didn't expect was the male voice that shouted, "What are you doing?!"

The voice belonged to a homeless man who's tent was pitched in the woods close by. Immediately the robber took off and jumped in his truck. The quick thinking homeless man wrote the license plate number in the dirt. When officers arrived, he gave them a detailed description of the suspect and vehicle.

Officers located the suspect further down Broadway in the WalMart SuperCenter parking lot. They found lots of electronics and ammunition in his car and are investigating the ownership of the materials.

The suspect was identified as Thomas Keith Sweet Jr., 18, of Fairland Indiana.

©2009 KLTV. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.