Elderly woman spooks burglars; dispatcher helps nab them

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MADISON COUNTY, Tenn. — Three suspected burglars are behind bars all because of their potential victim’s quick thinking. Not only did she scare them away, but her swift actions helped nab the suspects within minutes. It was a calm, typical Tuesday morning. Then, Carol Moore got an unexpected wake-up call. “I heard someone knocking on the door and the doorbell ringing, and they knocked, knocked, knocked. And I thought if they were family they would have called,” Moore said. She said there were more than 50 knocks by three men. Then they stopped, and Moore called 911. “I told her what they looked like and that they were breaking into my house,” Moore said. “They were trying to break in the window, then the door.” Moore said two of the men were able to rip the door open by busting the lock but struggled with her security doors. Moore said she believes the men thought no one was inside. “I came over by the refrigerator and I screamed,” Moore said. “I said, ‘get out of here — I got police on the line,’ and they ran like they had been shot.” “We try to take over the call if someone is excited and get them brought down,” Sgt. Jennifer Brandon said. Brandon, with the Madison County Sheriff’s Office, is the one who answered Moore’s call. “The more information that we can gather from the person that’s called us, the more information we can pass on to our officers,” Moore said. Brandon said Moore was a good witness, and because of that within 15 minutes deputies had the three men in handcuffs. “I’m going to get a security system as quick as I can,” Moore said. “I debated about a dog or a gun, but I decided on a security system.” The Madison County Sheriff’s Office has not released the names of the three suspects. Deputies did say they recovered drugs in their getaway car. All three are expected to face multiple charges.

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