ORLANDO, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -
An accused car burglar is behind bars after a homeowner held him at gunpoint, until police arrived to take the suspect into custody, authorities say.
According to Orlando police, Devon Harris stole from four different vehicles that were left unlocked. Now, they are trying to find out if he is responsible for other crimes in and around College Park. Harris, 21, was arrested on 4 counts of burglary and may face additional charges, investigators say.
It was around 5:30 on Wednesday morning when Chris Edson saw someone in his pickup truck outside his home. That's when he grabbed a weapon.
"I came up and went, 'Tap, tap, tap,' right with the gun, said 'Put your hands up!' He turned, he looked, he put his hands up and then he kept baiting me, putting his hands down. 'Put them up! Put them up!'" Edson explained.
Edson told his wife to call 911 and tried keeping the suspect in his truck as they waited for officers to arrive.
"He swung the door open, trying to escape, and then he pushed the door back for a little while."
Edson said the suspect jumped over the seats, opened a back door, then ran away. But this homeowner ran after him on his bare feet.
"I was wearing my bathrobe and my underwear. I started chasing him."
Edson said he chased the suspect several blocks to Northumberland Avenue. By then, police caught up with both of them. Officers said they found watches, cellphones, and currency inside a bag being carried by Harris.
Edson's neighbor, Margaret Davis, said someone stole checks out of her husband's vehicle. Officers were able to return their stolen property on Wednesday morning.
"About 6 o'clock this morning, I got a loud knock on the door," Davis said. "When I opened the door, it was the police department, and he said, 'Are these your checks?' and I looked at the checks and said, 'Yeah, those are my checks."
Edson said he would do it all over again, if he had to.
"I have been burglarized before, and I've chased a burglar before. He got away, but not this time. No, not this time."
Orlando police offices want to remind drivers to lock their doors and prevent a break-in.