Neighbor's 911 call leads to quick arrest of home break in suspect

Neighbor's 911 call leads to quick arrest of home break in suspect


by RAD BERKY / NBC Charlotte

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Posted on March 11, 2013 at 9:37 PM

Updated Friday, Oct 25 at 5:39 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Linda Roberts could not believe it when her daughter called her and told her someone had just broken into Roberts' home on Ridge Valley Drive last Thursday.

"I was shocked.  This is the third robbery I've had at this house," she said.

But this time the ending was going to be different.

She was not home Thursday when a man broke in.  He rifled through some of her things and walked out the door carrying her rather large flat screen TV.

But right next door is where Roberts' daughter and her husband live.

And they were home.

"I just happened to be looking out the window and I saw this guy carrying her mom's TV," said Keith Pack.

So Pack and his wife Leigh ran out and confronted the man.  The man turned to them, Keith said, and put down the TV in the yard.

Keith said the man told them, "Well, you can have this," and then started to walk away down the street.

"I just couldn't see me letting him get away so I called 911 and started following him," Leigh said.

That 911 call brought Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police who joined in the search.

They found and arrested Frederick Devon Hood, who was identified by the Packs as the man they had seen.

While police said calling 911 is usually enough, the Packs said they never gave a second thought to confronting the man, even though they did not know if he was armed or would try to hurt them.

"My mother-in-law has been robbed before and she can't go through that again," said Keith.

Everyone, including police investigators, said this was a text book example of why calling 911 in time can lead to fewer crimes.

"If neighbors look out for neighbors you can prevent a lot of robberies," said Roberts.