Man catches break-in suspect in the act, Soddy Daisy police make arrest minutes later
A man says he caught a man breaking into his truck.
Jim Boles decided to go for a bike ride Thursday evening around 6:44 p.m. He says he parked near Thrasher Pike and Frontage Road.
“I have parked there next to the railroad tracks probably 100 times over the year. Some other people were parked there at the moment and so I got all my gear and went for a ride,” said Boles.
About an hour later, as he was peddling back to his car, Boles noticed something strange.
“There was a car parked in front of my truck and a person a male out in front of it and I was approaching on my bike. He looked back at me, jumped in the car and they sped off,” Boles explained.
Boles said he looked over at his truck and saw the front passenger window shattered with a hole nearly stretching to the top of the door.
“It's kind of a bummer at the end of the day.”
Boles say she called 911 and described what the man looked like and the car he drove in. Minutes later, dispatchers called back asking him to meet with Soddy-Daisy police.
“They said well if you drive halfway down Frontage Road we have somebody pulled over and so sure enough there were two officers there. They had the person and I was able to identify him,” Boles said.
Police identified the man as Steven Brownfield. They say Brownfield used a rock to break Boles' window. They say Brownfield's wife and two kids were in the car when police stopped him. He was arrested and charged with burglary. According to court records, this is not the first time Brownfield has been arrested.
“Hopefully this person will learn from it and life will go on,” Boles said.
Boles tweeted a thank you note to the officers who responded saying, “Kudos to the Soddy-Daisy Department to my call quickly and caught the guy who did this! I caught him in the act. They caught him on the run! Much appreciated gentlemen!”
Channel 3 shared Boles’ message with the Soddy-Daisy Police Department and the officers involved, including Sgt. Jerry Workman. He sent a statement saying, “This is just part of the job and yes it is a great feeling when you can catch a criminal just minutes after the crime and the victim knows that that person(s) is going to jail. This was a great job by Officer Hunter Abbott. I was just his back-up.”