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The Jackson Star News, Jackson, TN, 01/22/04

Thursday, April 1, 2004

Butch Thomas dialed 9-1-1 after observing two strange men enter his mother's nearby house. Once he knew police were on the way, Thomas grabbed his shotgun, drove his own car into his mother's driveway to block the intruders' vehicle, and went in to confront the men. Thomas ordered the two into the backyard, where he made them lie down, then tied their hands behind their backs. The duo was arrested and charged with burglary. Corporal Mike Parsons of the Jackson County Sheriff's Department commented, "It's rare when we get a call that a burglary is in progress and the suspects are still there when we arrive. To have them tied up and waiting -- was really something."

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