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Police Catch Suspects In Madison Burglaries

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20-year-old Anthony Harp and 22-year-old Joseph Williams 20-year-old Anthony Harp and 22-year-old Joseph Williams
18-year-old Shelbie Wilson and 19-year-old Sara Hough 18-year-old Shelbie Wilson and 19-year-old Sara Hough

MADISON, Tenn. – Two burglars were caught smashing their way through local businesses in Madison after a witness in a parked car watched the men break through the front windows.

Police arrested 20-year-old Anthony Harp and 22-year-old Joseph Williams. They were each charged with two counts of burglary and one count of evading arrest.

The break-ins happened at the Baskin Robbins ice cream store and the Wingbasket restaurant at the McHenry Shopping Center on Gallatin Pike around 1:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Officials said they caught the suspects thanks to a woman who happened to be sitting in her car across the parking lot and saw the burglars trying to break in. She called 911 emergency dispatchers, and police caught the crooks within minutes.

"Had it not been for the citizen calling, we would not have caught these suspects," said Lieutenant Michael Dudley with the Metro Nashville Police Department. "Officers arrived on the scene to find the two individuals running out of the businesses."

An officer chased and caught Harp, who was wearing gloves and a blue bandana over his face. Police said Harp was initially carrying a cash drawer from one of the businesses, but ended up dropping it.  Another officer caught Williams, who was wearing socks on his hands and a blue bandana over his face

Surveillance video showed that the burglars used a large chunk of concrete to break the glass out of both businesses to gain entry.

Restaurant owner Richard Dusso arrived on scene to find the front window of his business smashed to bits.

"When you get a call at 3 in the morning, it's never good news," said Dusso. "Now it's just a matter of clean up, waiting for the glass people to come," he said.

The alarm at the Baskin Robbins failed to go off when the front window was smashed, so police believe the men may have gotten away if it wasn't for the quick-thinking woman.

"Thankfully somebody is willing to get involved," said Dusso. "Today that's hard to find. Most people would just say that's not my problem."

Officials said Harp had been convicted of two home burglaries less a month ago and was free awaiting his sentencing in September. Williams had an outstanding convenience store burglary warrant.

Police said other officers came upon a car driving slowly behind the shopping center when they responded to the call. The car was stopped and the two women inside, identified as 19-year-old Sara Hough and 18-year-old Shelbie Wilson, allegedly told police they were waiting on Harp and Williams to return.

They were each charged with two counts of burglary for their part in the burglary scheme.

Bond for Harp was set at $80,000. Williams was held on $65,000 bail. The two women were each held on $40,000 bond.

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