Friday, October 19, 2007

Burglar made to clean up mess

A couple in the United States knew exactly what to do with the burglar they caught ransacking their home. They made him clean up - at gunpoint. Adrian and Tiffany McKinnon returned to their home near Montgomery, Alabama, after a week off to find that their home had been plundered.

Mrs McKinnon told the Montgomery Advertiser: "Tears just rolled down my face as I walked in and saw everything gone and piles of trash all over my home."

Her husband suggested she go to see her sister while he checked what was missing. But as he walked into another room he came face to face with the burglar - who was wearing one of his hats.

Mrs McKinnon said: "My husband Adrian caught the thief red-handed in our home. And what is even crazier, the man even had my husband's hat sitting right on his head."

Her husband then held the suspect, Tajuan Bullock, at gunpoint and made him sit down until he decided what to do. His wife said: "We made this man clean up all the mess he made, piles of stuff, he had thrown out of my drawers and cabinets onto the floor."

When the police arrived, 33-year-old Bullock had another surprise in store - he complained to the officers about being made to clean up at gunpoint. "This man had the nerve to raise sand about us making him clean up the mess he made in my house," said Mrs McKinnon.

"The police officer laughed at him when he complained and said anybody else would have shot him dead."

Captain Huey Thornton, a police spokesman, said Bullock was arrested on burglary and theft charges. He was being held in the Montgomery County Detention Facility.

He said: "The victims were lucky in this case to be able to catch the suspect in the act and hold him until police arrived."

He said the case was unusual because generally burglars act while the homeowner is away and are in and out fast so they can quickly sell the stolen items.

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