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Man Finds Burglars In Home, Scares Them Away

By Natalie Potts
By npotts@wbbjtv.com

JACKSON, Tenn.- A Jackson man got a rude awakening when he discovered two burglars in his home, Wednesday morning.

"You know it's something that really doesn't happen out here too much so it was a little shocking and very surprising," said homeowner Larry Mercer.

Police said Mercer, who lives on the 500 block of Pipkin Road, heard a noise around 8:30 a.m. and got out of bed to investigate. When he entered his living room, he saw two subjects carrying his television across the room toward the door.

"I jumped up and yelled at them and they took off and so I took off after them... it just so happened that they had the car already running in my driveway," said Mercer.

Police said the homeowner yelled at them and they dropped the television and fled from the home empty-handed. According to officers the suspects ran to an older brown Chevrolet Caprice, described as a “box style” 1980s year model. Capt. Mike Holt with Jackson Police Department told WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News that it is unusual for burglars to break-in when someone is home.

"Most burglars they don't want to run into anybody," Capt. Holt said. "They want to get in, get their stuff and get out."

Jackson police said if anyone should find an intruder in their home, they should always try to avoid confrontation, try to sneak away outside and call for help. Officers said if you cannot get outside, then you should try and barricade yourself in a safe place, call 911 and stay on the line with officers until they arrive on the scene.

"If you get up and investigate something like that and you confront somebody in your house, certainly that is a great risk," said Capt. Holt. "If you don't have a house alarm one thing you could do is if you have a car in the driveway or carport that has a key with a panic alarm on it, you can keep that next to your bed and press the panic button to draw attention."

Officers are reminding that sometimes criminals can be unpredictable, like in this case the thieves still entered the home with someone inside, even after tripping the alarm.

"That's the boldness of these people that decided to just come in regardless," Mercer said.

Investigators said the suspects made entry into the home by forcing open the front door. Officers described both suspects as black men, in their late teens to early twenties. One was said to have been wearing a green ski cap or toboggan.

Anyone with any information about this incident is encouraged to call the Jackson Tennessee Police Department Criminal Investigation Division at (731) 425-8400 or Crime Stoppers at (731) 424-TIPS (8477).