Coming home May 7th Michelle Hymer got a surprise she'll never forget.
"I go to open my door like normal and I hear some change hitting the floor," said Hymer.
She looked up to see a burglar standing in her kitchen.
"I pushed my daughter out of the house, she went flying back on the stairs," said Hymer.
This single mother of three went into protective mode.
"Like I tell people, I am a momma bear and these are my cubs. And a momma bear is going to do what ever she has to do to protect her cubs," said Hymer.
After making sure her kids were safe, she called police, then decided to follow the crook in her car.
"I'm telling the police the description, the color, the dealer plates on it. I mean we are looking dead at each other now, me and this burglar are looking dead at each other," said Hymer.
After making the call to police she quit following him. Less than a week later her pursuit paid off. Hymer was shown a line up of suspects and she picked out Terry Brown.
Brown has since been booked for the burglary by Omaha police.
"I know I took it into my hands and took a risk, but because of what I did he was able to get caught," said Hymer.
Now she wants people to know just how it happened. She said her side door was locked, but with just a hard pull it popped open. Then a cement chunk was used to smash through the glass part of the second door. Then by just reaching a hand through the broken glass, the burglar was able to unlock the door.
Hymer said after having days to think about it, she's come to a realization.
"It can happen anywhere at anytime," said Hymer.
It's why she's keeping the cement chunk; a reminder to not be a victim again.
Police confirm it is legal to follow a suspect in a car, but to know that everyone is subject to the laws of the road.