CHICKASHA, Okla. — Witnesses to a burglary do their best to make a citizen’s arrest after catching the accused thieves in the act.
Paul and Lynne Brown live in rural Grady County just outside Chickasha, and for the past few weeks, neighbors in that area said a group of people have been going around and knocking on doors.
If nobody answered they would break in.
This time the suspects picked the wrong house.
Paul Brown is getting a lot of feedback.
“Everybody wants me to run for sheriff,” he said. “I didn’t know I had Dirty Harry for an uncle.”
He did not know what he was about to get himself into when he left his house one morning.
“I went to feed my calves and I passed my sister’s house and I noticed a car I didn’t recognize and didn’t think was supposed to be there,” he said.
“I got the gun. About that time they came out of the house carrying the TV and a handful of stuff and so I pointed the gun toward them and told them to freeze,” Brown said.
But they did not stay put for long.
Nineteen-year-old Clarence Morrow and 18-year-old Andrew Moore hopped in their car and took off down the road.
Brown and his wife, Lynne, did not waste any time and followed the suspects.
“You gotta do what you gotta do,” Lynne Brown said.
The couple chased the suspects for quite a while until the getaway car ran off the road.
The suspects threw out stolen property along the way.
Deputies took Morrow and Moore into custody but after posting $250 bail, they were out of jail and this scares Brown.
“I haven’t slept good for three days,” he said.
“This is sad when you have a citizen who goes out here and catches these people in the act. They follow them. They’re risking their life,” Grady County Sheriff Art Kell said. “Then they’re arrested and the next day they’re out.”
If he had known that, Brown said he may have reacted differently.
“I might have done some things a little different,” he said. “I might have pulled the trigger.”
Both suspects have been charged with burglary.
Authorities believe they are part of a much larger burglary ring.