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Alert citizen helps deputies foil burglary in progress

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BRADLEY COUNTY, TN (WRCB) -- An alert citizen's action and fast response by Bradley County patrol deputies led to Wednesday's arrest of a suspect in the act of burglarizing a home at 755 Durkee Road.  

School Resource Officer Jay Lawson was less than two minutes away when dispatchers broadcast the 9-1-1 call of a burglary in progress.

Deputy Lawson, the SRO at Oak Grove Elementary School, was joined by patrol deputies.  While searching inside the home they called out "sheriff's office - come out with your hands up."  At that point Christopher B. Bryson walked out of a bedroom and surrendered. 

Bryson, 39, of Wildwood Lake Road, was placed in custody.

The neighbor who initiated the response said the suspect had knocked on her door wanting to use the phone.  When she refused, the woman watched as he walked behind the home next door and forced entry through a rear door. Two doors were damaged but nothing was taken. 

Several pills were found in Bryson's possession.  He is charged with aggravated burglary and possession of schedule IV drugs.

Sheriff Jim Ruth said the neighbor did the right thing.  Ruth said she and the deputies are to be commended for stopping a burglary in progress.

The Bradley County Sheriff's Office has a network of over 60 neighborhoods throughout the county and city of Cleveland with active Neighborhood Watch Associations. Each is based on the concept of neighbors watching out for one another and reporting suspicious activity to law enforcement. 

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