Police Nab Burglary Suspect With Help From Door Bell Camera

Saturday, December 16, 2017
Deonta Lebron Ford
Deonta Lebron Ford

A door bell camera at a Hixson residence helped police nab a burglary suspect.

Deonta Lebron Ford, 24, of 41 Scruggs St., is charged with aggravated burglary and theft of property.

In the incident on Monday, the camera video showed a man walk up on the porch, then ring the doorbell.

When the female resident answered from her phone, the man got into a tan Buick Rendezvous and left.

The woman rushed home with her husband and they saw the same Buick turn into a neighbor's driveway. They then saw the same black male exit the vehicle and walk around to the back of the residence.

The couple watched as the man later sped off. They tried to follow him, but lost him at Hixson Pike and Access Road.

Moments later, police received an alarm from the neighbor's residence. The occupant said he found the rear door kicked in and two TVs worth $1,000 had been stolen.

The door bell video was distributed by police and officers recognized Ford.

The next day officers responded on a domestic call in the area of I-24 and Fourth Avenue. A woman said Ford had been hiding in the back seat of her vehicle - a tan Buick Rendezvous. She said he had attacked her after coming out of hiding. 

The woman said the previous day that Ford had dropped her off at work at Food City on Brainerd Road, then left with her car.

Ford did admit ringing the door bell and having the couple follow him. He denied taking part in a burglary.

The TVs were not recovered.


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