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Man Comes Home and Catches Burglar

Man Comes Home and Catches Burglar



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Tonya Papanikolas Reporting"There's nothing in our house that's really valuable. So it's kind of a joke he came in our house."

A man walks in his house to find everything in disarray and a robber in his bedroom! When the victim called police, the suspect took off down the street.

This all took place in an Orem neighborhood. The victim says he's happy he came home when he did because he was able to catch the guy in the act. From there, police found the suspect hiding behind a trailer.

Morris Barker had just returned home from work on Friday when he noticed some things out of place.

Morris Barker, Found Robber in His Home: "When I walked in, some of the couch cushions were torn up, there was stuff all over the floor."

He saw his shotgun sitting by the TV, and when he walked to his room, he saw a man he didn't know -- according to police that man was 20-year-old Cody Harward.

Morris Barker: "I just walk in and this kid's just standing here. I'm like, 'what are you doing?' And he said, 'oh, they didn't tell you I was coming?' So he told me somebody had sent him here."

The man had been trying on Barker's roommate's rings, so at first Barker thought maybe it was his roommate's friend. But when the suspect gave him a fake name, Barker called police.

Morris Barker: "He didn't try anything the whole time. He just kind of stood there, wasn't threatening at all. And I just stood in the doorway so he couldn't get out."

After a few minutes, Barker checked to see if police were there and that's when the man took off out the bedroom window. He then jumped over the backyard fence and ran two homes down, where he barged inside another home.

Morris Barker: "The neighbor lady came out screaming."

Barker tried to follow the suspect. By that time police had sealed off the block. He stopped to talk to an officer in front of a home with a camping trailer in the driveway.

Morris Barker: "The police officer said he saw something. He said, 'hey, he didn't have white shorts on, did he?' I was like, yeah. So I look over and you can see right underneath there that you can see a little bit, you could see his shoes."

Sure enough, the suspect was hiding behind the trailer. Police arrested Harward; it turned out he had stolen Barker's car keys and his roommate's checkbook.

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