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POLICE: Suspect picked the wrong home to burglarize

POLICE: Suspect picked the wrong home to burglarize

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WASHINGTON COUNTY, Ind. (WDRB) - Police say a burglar picked the wrong house to mess with in southern Indiana, about an hour away from Louisville in rural Washington County, Ind.

Police say when the homeowner -- who is also a law enforcement officer -- pulled up to her home and saw someone inside, she grabbed her gun and her handcuffs.

Tucked away behind cornfields, the house might look like an easy target - but it was not last Wednesday. 

"I would say he picked the wrong house that day."  

Detective Brent Miller with the Washington County Sheriff's Department says it got a call last Wednesday from a woman. 

"(She) discovered that her home was broken into and she was holding the suspect at gunpoint and requested the sheriff's department," Miller said.

Police rushed to the scene., and sure enough, a woman was hovering over 30-year-old Randy Campbell, who was lying on the ground on her front porch. 

"When we got there, the suspect was already in custody and handcuffed. The victim turned out to be a Louisville Metro Corrections Officer," Miller said.

The officer who lives at the home had Campbell cuffed, waiting for police. 

"He told us he had broke into the house, that he was semi-homeless, that he broke into the house to get food and use the telephone," Miller said. 

But police say he stole pain pills and other items from the home. He just got out of prison in July after serving time for arson.

"Not everyday that they break into a home and get caught in the act of doing so, and this just happened to be a house where there was a trained corrections officer there, and she was able to take control of the situation and she did," Miller said.

Police say they do not normally recommend citizens take matters into their own hands. "Obviously we enjoy working easy cases like this, cause it was handed to us. It sure makes our job a lot easier," Miller said.

Campbell is in the Washington County Jail on charges of theft and burglary, but police say more charges could be coming. That is because they are looking into the possibility that he may be connected to other crimes in the area.

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