Tyler woman helps police catch auto burglar suspects

Aaron Brady Jones. Photo Source: Tyler PD
Aaron Brady Jones. Photo Source: Tyler PD
Kelton Derk Wilson. Photo Source: Tyler PD
Kelton Derk Wilson. Photo Source: Tyler PD

By Jamey Boyum - email

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - A Tyler woman's fast thinking stopped a pair of auto burglars in their tracks last night say police. She spotted a suspicious vehicle in front of her house in south Tyler, all because she couldn't sleep, and made a call which ended in two arrests.

Lavinya Stewart is a crime fighter. Not the kind that wears a mask or shoots webs, but the observant kind. She noticed a truck shut off its lights and park in front of her house around 2 a.m. Two men got out and started snooping around.

"They ran to my neighbor's house and I kind of panicked at first," she said. "I didn't know what to do, and he came back and he had this big box in his hands, and one of the guys was trying to let the tailgate down, and the other was trying to lift it over the truck. They put it in the truck and went back again."

Stewart called 911. She has four kids so she was not about to try a confrontation. Police say that is a bad idea.

"Be a good witness," said Don Martin, with Tyler Police. "Get a license for sure if you can. Get a vehicle description. Give that as well. We'll piece it all together...and luckily we were in the area, and everything matched, and we were able to give a lot of the property back to the owners last night."

"They got there really quick, and I told them what I saw, and he was like, 'Well, we have them,'" said Stewart. "I'm like, 'Really?'"

Aaron Brady Jones and Kelton Derk Wilson both from Tyler are charged with four counts of Auto Burglary. They were arrested just around the corner from Stewart's place.

She was pleasantly surprised that it happened so fast and now she says she feels safe.

The Tyler Police Department still has some of the stolen merchandise. If your vehicle was broken into Thursday night and you are missing something, you might want to call them to see if they have it.

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