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Homewood Police Nab Burglar Under Bed

A second burglar was picked up nearby after police caught the first man.

Jeffery Daley, 18, of 721 Blackhawk Drive, University Park, and Tony Scales, 22, of 1516 Ellis Ave., were both charged with residential burglary after they broke into a home in the 1000 block of 186th Street at 3:33 p.m. on Friday, June 22, police said.

The homeowner told police she locked herself into an upstairs bathroom after she heard someone knocking very loudly and then try to turn the door knob on the front, and then back door. She then heard glass breaking, according to the police report.

Homewood police set up a perimeter around the residence and found Daley hiding inside, under a bed on the second floor. Scales was picked up about a block away and both men were identified by witnesses who said they saw them near the home shortly before the emergency call. Police said Daley was also charged with resisting a peace officer.

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Brandon June 29, 2012 at 02:17 PM
Praise the Lord these idiots were caught. These young men are bold to just come into someone's home. Too bad this lady didn't have. Smith & Wesson And blow the hell out of these low life's. Sorry but that's how I feel and I'm African American and I'm Sure these thugs were too :(
Ernie Souchak June 29, 2012 at 02:53 PM
If they had broken into my house they would have both left in body bags, courtesy of either my .357 Magnum or my .45 ACP. Haven't killed anyone since Vietnam, but I'm still ready.
Brandon June 29, 2012 at 03:04 PM
Ernie its time for people to fight back and just maybe these thugs will cease from home invasions. Neighbors have to look out for one another. Protect yourself by any means nessessary.
Deirdra June 29, 2012 at 03:15 PM
@PJ what makes you "sure" they were AA? I don't see it mentioned in the article. Did you know them? I think she would be totally justified for blowing both of their brains out...however the needless lost of two teenage lives would be sad....but that's what happen's when you break into a person's home. CRAZY
LocalRez June 29, 2012 at 03:38 PM
Too bad we don't see more news coverage about thieves getting blown away by homeowners. They should run any story that happens anywhere as much as they do Lindsey Lohan or the Kardumbians. It would empower people but of course, they don't want that and my bet is the criminals don't read or probably watch the news so not sure they would hear about it. Just make sure you kill them or your probably going to get sued for their medical bills.
SouthSide June 29, 2012 at 04:23 PM
Wow. Such violence on this discussion board. "Stand your ground" isn't doing so well for a lot of homeowners these days (or haven't you been reading the national news?) so please, folks, use logic and sense (I won't say common sense since that is a thing of the past). Call the police. Keep your gun safeties locked unless life is in jeopardy. "Things" can always be replaced. Life cannot.
Hernendo RevolveR June 29, 2012 at 08:52 PM
Stand your ground works wonders. When one calls the police they are requesting that they send someone with a gun to help them. Why not just help yourself and save tax dollars? Hollow point bullets are around a dollar each. Do you have any idea what a trial and incarceration costs? Sheesh!
SouthSide June 29, 2012 at 10:27 PM
@Hernendo R: The police are trained to use weapons, but more importantly, they are trained NOT to use weapons. Home owners are too emotional to make a good decision in a case like home invasion. Call the police. Save yourself a trial and legal fees and many years behind bars.
Genvieve LaChappele June 30, 2012 at 12:07 AM
why should any homeowner risk harm for the benefit of someone who is breaking in? It is crazy. Don't break in, and you don't get shot. Not a hard concept. Someone breaks in, how do you know their motives?
Chester Rook June 30, 2012 at 06:51 AM
While I understand what SouthSide is saying, I cannot agree with him/her completely. Police should definitely be called. They have been trained to use weapons, such as guns, and are also aware of case law and statutes spelling out when deadly force can be used. HOWEVER, that does not mean regular, every day citizens who are not police officers can't learn these things, too. This is why we have the Second Amendment. You should be able to be safe in your own home, and if that means blasting away some thug who is breaking into your house, so be it. But the "Stand Your Ground" issue is not what sparked the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman incident into the national headlines--we can thank a moronic NBC producer for that when he edited the 911 tapes. "Stand Your Ground" is still a great thing and I for one agree with it 100%.
HFMom July 16, 2012 at 01:02 AM
Thank you to our Homewood police officers, who put themselves at risk every day for us keeping us safe!

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