Stars and Stripes stripes.com 13 Jan, 2021 07:45 am

Ellsworth Air Force Base airman detains suspect after forming patrol to combat local burglary spree

Ellsworth Air Force Base airman detains suspect after forming patrol to combat local burglary spree
After his girlfriend's house was burglarized twice, Abe Wheeler, a member of Security Forces at Ellsworth Air Force Base, took time off work and recruited fellow airmen to patrol the area.

I could see his feet moving and stuff, and just my experience in the military, I knew he was going to run so I unzipped my jacket, getting ready for the chase," Wheeler said Tuesday in front of the Rapid City home where he found the suspect.Wheeler said he took out but never pointed his handgun at the man.Wheeler, 37, said his girlfriend's house was broken into three times and he knows of at least 15 more attempted or successful burglaries among her Antares Court neighbors.Nothing was stolen but "they just ransacked the house," Wheeler said.

"Talking to the neighbors and just my experience as a military police office, I knew I could help out the cops," Wheeler said, adding that it got personal once his girlfriend was targeted.Two burglars did enter the room that evening, Wheeler said.

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