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Terrified burglar calls 911 — on himself

Christopher Moore

Christopher Moore

Christopher Moore was allegedly burglarizing a home in Springtown, Texas, when homeowner, James Gerow, awakened to find Moore burgling the house. Moore tried to cut and run, but Gerow, who had grabbed his handgun, chased him down before he could get to his truck. Gerow ordered Moore to stop, took his keys and held him at gunpoint with his son, while his wife, Lindy, called Parker County 911, saying, “Yeah I’ve got someone who’s broken into my house. I need some help please. Now hurry up, now, because my husband’s fixing to shoot him.”

At this point Moore pretty much freaked out, whipped out his cell phone and called Parker County 911 too, except that he didn’t know where he was or who had the gun on him, and he didn’t want to explain the circumstances of his predicament. Moore just didn’t want to get shot, “I’m out in the country somewhere. Some guy’s got a gun on me … He’s going to come shoot me. … I don’t know, this dude in the red jacket … Parker County.”

Deputies arrived to find both of them still on the phone with 911. Moore admitted to having entered the home “with bad intentions.” He was arrested for burglary of a habitation and is being held in lieu of a $35,000 bond.

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