Police Catch Burglar Red-Handed

A burglar is caught in the act while trying to break into a South Omaha bar.

But this is one time the criminal's luck ran out.

Kelly Hurley's family has owned JD Circle Inn near 31st and A street
since 1987.

"It's family oriented and its a neighborhood bar," she said.

And as a small business owner, Kelly knows when criminals hit, it causes a big impact.

"When they destroy the property, they take money, they take the machines, everything has to be repaired by ourselves, so that's money out of our pockets that's hard to make back," Kelly said.

A burglar came calling early Sunday morning and broke into a shed.

But there was one big problem with the burglar's plan, as he was going through the shed he didn't realize police officers were watching his every move from right across the street. They saw him break into the shed, take items out and even cut the phone line into the business.

Kelly says the burglar then tried to break into the bar.

That's when police acted.

"They stopped him before he broke a window, so he didn't do any damage to our property," Kelly said.

Thirty-four year old Clarence Wilson was arrested.

"I was real surprised that he was in the back of the car and they said that they had seen the whole thing, so I was real glad that they were across the street that night," Kelly said.

Kelly says by catching Wilson red-handed, police saved the bar a lot of money and headaches.

The bar didn't get any damage to it that we have to repair and he didn't get away with any of our stuff so that was also good too.

Kelly knows there was some luck involved in stopping the crime cold.

She just wonders why someone would take what her family has worked so hard for.

"They don't realize who they hurt in the long run," she said.

Clarence Wilson was charged with burglary and possession of burglary tools.

Police say he had a crowbar, wire cutters and flashlight on him when he was arrested.

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