Police: Senior citizen traps alleged burglar

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers

An 85-year-old city resident took law enforcement into his own hands, capturing a teen at gunpoint Tuesday during an attempted robbery.

When police arrived at the home just before 7 a.m., they found Alton Tillman pointing a handgun at a 16-year-old boy who was standing against a wall, a police report said.

The retiree told the officers he decided to set a trap after his home was burglarized three times in a week, the report said.

Leaving his residence in the 900 block of Sheldon Street at his regular time, Tillman told police he doubled back, entering his house quietly. He found drawers emptied and things in disarray, the report said.

In the bedroom, Tillman saw the juvenile’s feet sticking out from under the bed and ordered him out, he told police.
Tillman called 911 and waited for police to arrive.

Police found several items belonging to the senior citizen in the boy’s pockets. The youth admitted to entering the house through a second-story window by scaling pipes on the wall, the report said.

He led police to a stash of stolen items at his home a block away. Police recovered approximately $85 worth of items taken from the victim’s house in addition to stereo equipment and video game systems.

The youth was charged with felony burglary and larceny and taken to the juvenile detention center.
Tillman could not be reached for comment.

Clovis Police Capt. Patrick Whitney said residents should call police for assistance rather than taking things into their own hands.

“We’re not Superman either, but at least we do have the equipment and the training to (deal with those type situations),” Whitney said.
“That’s a good way to get hurt, (and) that’s what the police are (here) for.”