Your home has just been burglarized. You were away while it happened so you check your surveillance cameras to get a bead on who it was who took your stuff. You’re able to get a good look at who it was.
Later on, while you’re out driving on the road you suddenly see the suspects pass you in another vehicle. Either way you’re calling the police, but do you wait on law enforcement to arrive before confronting the suspects or do you, knowing that you’re armed, pursue them yourself?
Chris Wyatt, an Alabama homeowner, found himself in that situation on Friday afternoon. He made his decision — he wasn’t going to wait on police.
“They happen to drive by and we seen them drive by and we knew it was them and we stopped them,” said Chris Wyatt of the suspected burglars who stole from the home two TVs and several Christmas presents.
Wyatt and another family member held the suspects at gunpoint until the police arrived.
Jefferson County Sheriff’s deputies arrived at the scene and apprehended a man and two women in connection with the incident. Investigators have yet to release their identities but Wyatt is positive it’s them.
“They broke into another house before this and luckily their stolen stuff was still in that vehicle,” Wyatt told WBRC, referring to a neighbors house that had also been burglarized. That neighbor was brought to the scene and identified several of the items in the suspects’ vehicle as his own.
As for getting their stuff back, Sarah Wyatt, Chris’s wife, said, “Sure hope so, if they don’t, at least we’re all safe and in one piece and they are off the street for now.”
Put yourself in Chris’s shoes. Would you pursue the suspects or would you wait for police to arrive before confronting them?