A retired Franklin County Sheriff’s sergeant was recovering on Thursday from a broken foot, swollen knees, cuts and bruises after a brush with a burglar.
Retired Sgt. Carl Booth said that he has investigated countless burglaries during his time on the force.
But the most recent burglary was at his own home, he said.
“I had a lot of people say, ‘Well, why didn’t you just let him go?’” Booth said. “But I think it was just instinct, and training kicks in, and you always try to arrest the bad guys.”
On Tuesday, Booth came home to find a strange car in his driveway with the engine still running. He said he walked around back to check it out. That’s when he said he heard someone run out of the front door of his house.
“He got in the car and backed up, and his intention was just getting out of there,” Booth said. “Knocked me down and then ran over my leg.”
Booth said he managed to find his cell phone and called for help.
“I have a weapon that I carry off duty, but it wasn’t with me that day. It was here in the house,” he said.
According to Booth, the burglar stole that gun as well as $300 in cash from his house.
His wife, Ramona, said she was shocked about what happened.
“This was open, and all the drawers were up on the bed,” Ramona Booth said. “Then all the jewelry was thrown in everywhere. It was a mess.”
She said she was relieved to hear that her husband would recover.
Booth provided information on the burglar’s description and the get-away car. Deputies are currently investigating to find the criminal.
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