Genoa Township Police Use Taser On Burglary Suspect Caught In Act

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UPDATED: Thursday March 28, 2013 6:53 PM

Genoa Township police said they had to use a Taser to catch a burglary suspect in the act.

It happened around 8 a.m. Thursday on St. Andrews Drive off of Africa Road.
 
The typically quiet Genoa Township neighborhood filled with police cruisers and detectives Thursday morning.

Judy Sharpe-Kosmatka said she had no idea that someone had broken into the house right next door.

"The neighbor across the street called us and said 'Do you see what's going on?'" said Sharpe-Kosmatka.
 
Genoa Township police said Tyson Kustic broke into the house through a back window.

They said Kustic was only inside the house a matter of minutes, but that was long enough for him to cause some serious damage, police said.
 
"All of the drawers were taken out, dumped, mattresses flipped. A TV, he attempted to take the TV off the wall -- just trashed," said Genoa Township Police Chief Robert Taylor.

Police said it was the homeowners' security system that alerted them. They responded within four minutes, which helped them catch the suspect.

Police said when they arrived, they heard someone in the house and set up a perimeter.

Authorities said an officer spotted Kustic attempting to climb out a side window.

Sharpe-Kosmatka plans on keeping a sharper eye out to keep her neighbors' safe, because she said, crime happens everywhere -- sometimes even in quiet neighborhoods like this.

Police said Kustic did not respond to verbal orders, and they were forced to use a Taser on him.

He was transported to Grady Memorial Hospital and is now in the Delaware County Jail charged with burglary. 

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