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Quick-thinking neighbor puts burglar back behind bars

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Story by Amy Morrow
Eyewitness News Reporter

FORT OGLETHORPE, GA. (WRCB)-- A quick-thinking neighbor helps put a burglary suspect back behind bars.

He was wanted in a string of burglaries that started about as quick as he was released from jail according to detectives.

"I was cut up to there, and there was a stick in the window, he must've knocked it out," says Quinesha Lewis.

Quinesha Lewis was the one who answered the call.

Someone had crawled through a back window and burglarized the home she shares with her family on Colony Circle in Fort Oglethorpe.

"He just walked in and saw the pictures we had everywhere, it's kinda creepy," says Lewis.

Creepy, yes, but less fruitful.

Lewis says the suspect made it out with $10 and a dish towel, but nothing more.

Police say he was stealing big screen TV's and electronics from most homes.

"It's very unnerving," says Lewis.

Her neighbor would likely say the same.

Police say 31-year-old Tyrell Grayson hit a few homes on the street, one surprised him when she came home.

"He's coming out of the house and she asked him, you robbing me and he said yes, I'll be back if you don't get out of the way, I'm gonna run over ya," says Detective Greg Wingo with the Fort Oglethorpe Police Department.

It was a little face-to-face time that got the attention of investigators.

Victim's had seen the man and his car, so they put the word out.

"I didn't even know for a fact that this was the car, but I thought better safe than sorry. It doesn't take but a second to take a pic," says Ronald Hodges.

So Ronald Hodges took a break from walking "Helmet".

Yes, he walks his cat every morning, but he took time to call police and fire off a few text messages of this.

And sure enough, in about an hour, they'd tracked down Grayson.

"So you save the day, no, the police did. All I done was snap the picture," says Hodges.

The picture that led to an arrest, Grayson's confession and a list of about 16 burglaries tagged to him.

"I asked him why he was doing it and he said he had eight kids and one on the way, he needed to make money and just got out of the Hamilton County Jail," says Detective Wingo.

Detectives say Grayson spent 31 months in the Hamilton County Jail for burglary.

He was released in August.

Detectives encourage folks to be alert in neighborhoods for anyone new or strange and to always call police.

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