Police Arrest Burglar After Neighbors Capture Suspects

By GLENN COUNTS / NewsChannel 36 Staff – July 29, 2011

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police are crediting a group of northeast Charlotte neighbors with stopping a burglary in its tracks.

“Cops, they do their job, but at the same time they can’t be everywhere,” said one of the neighbors, a 27-year-old man who did not want to be identified.

The burglary occurred Wednesday night at a home in the 2200 block of Century Oaks Lane.  The owner was not at home and received a notice that his silent alarm had been tripped.

He told NewsChannel 36 he headed home and started calling neighbors to meet him there.  One of the people who answered the call was that 27-year-old friend who said, “Were all neighbors around here and we try to look out for each other.”

When the group arrived at the home, the man told us that everything looked normal from the outside, but when they went in they found two suspects.

“It took four of us to get him on the ground, cause he was pretty tall guy he had a little strength to him once we got him on the ground he could not get back up,” said the 27-year-old.

The other suspect dashed out of a window and ran through the neighborhood, while the 27-year-old gave chase.  Eventually he had to give up.

“I was kind of hesitant because I didn’t know if he had a gun, knife, or anything.  It got pretty scary for a minute because it was dark.”

Police arrested 20-year-old Demarkuez Jeffries on multiple burglary charges.  Because of the way he was caught, officers were surprised.

“He (the officer) was like ‘Wow.’  He was like ‘Way to go, thank you.  He hurried over and finished off the job.  He was kind of surprised we took the action like we did,” the man said.

The 27-year-old is unemployed and looking for a job.  He’s been in school studying computer science, and no, he does not have a military background or martial arts training.

“It was definitely in the back of my mind that he could be armed.  He could have a gun, knife anything, you know, but I just kept going.  I wanted to catch him,” said the man who hopes burglars get the message to stay out of the neighborhood.


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