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Hartselle Enquirer

Homeowner stops break-in

A suspect in a series of break-ins in the Ebenezer community found himself on the wrong end of an alert homeowner’s gun last week.
Sheriff’s dispatchers received a 911 call May 26 from a homeowner on East Lacon Road who said he was holding a burglary suspect at gunpoint. Deputies responded and found Kenneth Michael Stewart, 33, of 1098 East Lacon Road, being detained at the point of a shotgun. The homeowner said he had found his door kicked in Tuesday and then found signs the suspect had returned on Wednesday. The man said he decided to arm himself and see if the suspect returned. He positioned himself so he could see out a window near the point of entry the suspect had used previously. He saw a man step onto his porch, walk back and forth and look for traffic on an adjoining road. Thinking he was safe to proceed, the suspect entered the home, where the homeowner confronted him and called 911.
Stewart was arrested at the scene. Property from the previous burglary was found at Stewart’s home, as were drugs, drug paraphernalia and other property believed to have been stolen.
Stewart was charged with one count of burglary in the third degree and one count of burglary in the second degree. He is being held in Morgan County Jail on $7,500 bond.

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