Valdosta Daily Times

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March 28, 2014

Homeowner catches burglary suspect in act

VALDOSTA — Alerted by a dog barking, a homeowner went to his garage Thursday afternoon to discover a stranger sitting on his running golf cart.

The homeowner asked the man, “What are you doing?” and according to the Valdosta Police Department, the man took off on foot. The homeowner called local law enforcement, and pursued the suspect while updating authorities of the man's location.

The man was arrested a short distance away from the home, the VPD stated.

Police took Kariis Flemming, 23, of Valdosta into custody.

“The fact that he entered into the garage, it appeared that he might have been trying to steal the golf cart, so we are charging him with burglary,” said Valdosta Police Chief Brian Childress. “This was a good team effort between the (Lowndes County) Sheriff's Office and the Police Department.”

Statistically, as temperatures rise, burglary rates increase also. Lt. Aaron Kirk of the VPD informed citizens to take precautions protecting their property.

“Make sure your garage door is closed, and keep all of your doors and windows locked,” Kirk said. “Check and make sure everything is secure.”

Childress informed citizens to look out for one another and to call the police if they see anything suspicious.

“Be the nosy neighbors,” Childress said.

The VPD is trying to deter burglaries by increasing neighborhood patrols and with the recent formation of a special burglary unit.

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