BY KENNETH DEAN, firstname.lastname@example.org
Five men are in custody after a homeowner caught them burglarizing his home on Smith County Road 4142 Wednesday afternoon.
Smith County Sheriff's deputies raced to the scene when the resident told them he had one man at gunpoint and the other three had fled the area in a Chevrolet Tahoe shortly before 1:30 p.m.
John Moore, the department's spokesperson, said deputy Tyroderick Loftis, a CID detective, heard the radio traffic about the burglary and noticed a vehicle matching the description given by the homeowner and called Tyler police for assistance.
"Detective Loftis called for backup after he followed the vehicle into the Woody Weaver Pharmacy parking lot on Gentry Parkway. The Tyler Police Department and others responded. Two of the four in the Tahoe were arrested on site and Tyler PD arrested the other two after a brief foot pursuit.” Moore said.
One suspect, a man with a prothestic leg, was given a bottle of water by deputies attending to him in the parking lot.
Moore said the men's names and ages have yet to be released at this time as they are still being questioned by detectives.