Sheriff: E. Texas man holds burglar at gunpoint, accomplices arrested after chase
From the Smith County Sheriff's Department:
SMITH COUNTY, TX - Wednesday at 1:17 p.m., multiple units from the Smith County Sheriff's Office responded to a 911 call on County Road 4142 after a homeowner caught several men in the process of burglarizing his house and reportedly held one of them at gunpoint until deputies arrived.
"According to preliminary reports, the homeowner arrived at his residence and discovered five men in his home who were in the process of burglarizing it," said John Moore, public information officer, Smith County Sheriff's Office. "The burglars were in different vehicles. Four of them left the scene in a Chevrolet Tahoe, but one of them was in a different vehicle and was detained at gunpoint by the homeowner. A number of Smith County deputies, detectives and other personnel responded to the scene and took the individual at the residence into custody."
Moore said that Tyroderick Loftis, a Criminal Investigation Division detective with the SCSO was following the burglary on his radio when he spotted a Chevrolet Tahoe matching the description of the one involved in the incident.
"Detective Loftis called for backup after he followed the vehicle into the Woody Weaver Pharmacy parking lot on Gentry Parkway. The Tyler Police Department and others responded. Two of the four in the Tahoe were arrested on site and Tyler PD arrested the other two after a brief foot pursuit."
Moore said the identities and ages of those involved in the burglary would be released later. No other information on the investigation is being released at this time.