Sam Penrod Reporting Two crooks that were caught in the act of stealing from someone's garage picked the wrong house to rob. The homeowner went after them, and even jumped in the back of the suspect's truck to try to catch them. And only Sam Penrod was there when police caught one of the bad guys.
The chase ended right here in this neighborhood in American Fork. And I talked to the man who helped catch the suspects. He threw out the stolen property from the back of the truck trying to get attention and in the end got a ride that he won't ever forget.
Joe Chipman, Helped Catch Burglars: "The dog was growling and I just thought she was growling at the kid out there."
But Joe Chipman's dog was right, something was wrong in the garage.
Joe Chipman: "A kid came from out from under my door and I told him to stop and he wouldn't"
And Chipman wasn't about to let someone getaway with stealing from him and so he started to chase the suspect.
Joe Chipman: "That kid was halfway though the door when the kid punched it and so I just bailed over the side of the truck there."
But by getting in the back of the truck, Chipman was about to get the ride of his life.
Joe Chipman: "We were probably doing 45-50 miles per hour which was a little fast to jump out."
Chipman then decided to start throwing out these items from the pickup, in hopes the suspects would stop.
Joe Chipman: "I was just trying to get people's attention to get them to stop, they didn't want to stop."
So Chipman got out his cell phone and called 911. When the suspects could tell the police were closing in, they stopped and made a run for it. Police, with the help of K-9's were able to capture one of the suspects, but the other got away. Detectives believe the men may be responsible for a recent rash of garage burglaries in the neighborhood.
Sgt. Shauna Greening, American Fork Police Dept.: "You need to keep those garage doors closed, if they are open they are walking in there and taking items, it's a quick in and right back out."
As for Joe Chipman, he says he learned his lesson and his ride provided the adrenaline rush of his life.
Joe Chipman: "Now that you think about it, I wouldn't do that again, I wouldn't jump into the truck again, but you don't think about that at the time, you just try to stop them."
Police were able to arrest this man; he is 24 year old Beau Chipman. Incidentally he is not related to the victim, but I found he was arrested for theft just a couple of months ago.
The police are still looking for the other burglar, but think they know who he is.