Woman 'grateful' for quick actions of neighbors that stopped burglars

Neighbors' quick response stops burglary in progress

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A home burglary in Central Gardens on Thursday night left two officers injured.

One suspect is in custody, but one remains on the run.

It all began with quick-thinking neighbors who saw something that looked suspicious in their neighbor's home in the 1800 block of Central Avenue.

A neighbor was sitting at her house when she saw flashlights moving upstairs at her neighbor's home across the street.

Knowing her neighbors were not home at the time, she quickly ran to take action and her neighbors are thankful.

"You know, I should feel terribly violated but what I feel is so grateful for my neighbors. I am eternally grateful. I actually went to sleep last night feeling good about the situation rather than terrible," homeowner Beverly Trojan said.

Trojan said she went to a church dinner on Thursday and, shortly after, her neighbor saw the suspicious activity inside Trojan's home.

"She called the neighbors that lived next door that are renovating their home in Cooper Young for the moment. James came over and she called another friend that we know on Cowden." Trojan said.

Her neighbors rushed into action before police arrived on the scene.

"Beth saw the robber running out on Barksale. James chased him in his car down the alley between Higbee and Central," Trojan said.

Two officers were hurt while scuffling with a suspect. One was even taken away in a stretcher.

"I'm very grateful to the police. They were here in a minute. They did the best job," Trojan said.

Joseph Rutherford was arrested near the home. According to the official police affidavit, he suffered injuries while resisting arrest.

This is not his first time being arrested for burglary.

In July 2012, he was arrested for aggravated burglary. Then, just six months later, in January 2013, he was arrested for aggravated burglary again.

Trojan said she's thankful for her neighbors' quick thinking that night.

Memphis police confirm the officer taken to the hospital has been released.

Trojan said all of her belongings have been returned.

One suspect remains on the run.

If you have any information that could help police close this case, call Crime Stoppers at 901-528-CASH.

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