Lubbock Police Officer catches thieves at his own home - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

4/29/10

Lubbock Police Officer catches thieves at his own home

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By Brittany Pieper  - bio | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - A few burglars found themselves making a pretty big mistake on Thursday afternoon. They burglarized a Lubbock Police Officer's home on 67th street, and got caught in the act.

The officer came home for lunch around 1:00 p.m. and got quite a surprise when he walked through his front door.  He noticed some of his stuff like his television was missing, and looked out the back door to see at least two suspects.

They had broken into his house through a back window, so the officer chased after them. They took off down the alley where they dropped the television. As they ran down 66th street they also dropped two firearms they had taken from the police officer's home.

The officer called for back up and several other officers rushed to the scene. Within 30 minutes they caught two boys who are 16 and 17-years-old, and they arrested them.

Police ask everyone to be on the look out for suspicious activity in their neighborhoods. "Watch those people going up and down the street knocking, and if they don't look like they're affiliated with a business of some sort then you might want to go ahead and call in,  said Sgt. Mark Watkins.

They charged both boys with burglary of a habitation.  The 17-year-old could face five years in jail, but the 16-year-old will face a lighter punishment because he is a juvenile.

Police said there might be one or two more people involved, possibly driving a getaway car. They're questioning the suspects to try to figure out if any other suspects are still on the loose.

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