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Off-duty Lawton Officer stops burglary

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LAWTON, OK (KSWO) -A burglar is behind bars after an off-duty Lawton officer caught him in the act.

Anthony Loud was caught walking on Northwest 18th Street, TV in hand around 4 o'clock Saturday afternoon. Sergeant Greg Ellis happened to be driving to his home at the time and saw Loud. He also noticed the front door of this home was kicked in.

He immediately called 9-1-1 and asked for backup. After a short foot chase, officers arrested Long and took him into custody.

At the right place, at the right time, Sergeant Greg Ellis says it was luck and he was just doing his job when he happened to catch a burglar, Anthony Loud walking away from a home with a flat screen TV.

"Being a police officer, you got days off, but you're not off duty, said Ellis. "If you see something going on, you're going to act and respond. It's just the officer in you. It's what we take the Oath to do."

Putting themselves in harm's way to protect others is just the standard for Ellis and the Lawton Police Department. He says any other officer would do the exact same thing.

"Take trust in your police department and say hey, we know they're out there. Know they are short handed, but they're doing the best they can," said Ellis.

Sergeant Ellis says it's satisfying knowing the community is just a little bit safer and all of the citizens property, the door and flat screen TV was fixed and returned. Most, importantly, he's thankful no one was hurt.

"It's a good feeling to know the citizens and community can rely on officers either on of off duty," said Ellis.

He hopes others will pitch in and do their part by keeping their eyes open to protect the Lawton community.

"Citizens any time they see any suspicious activity give us a call and stay focused in on what's going on in your community," said Ellis. "We as a community and officers working together. We can solve crimes together."

The homeowner told me he actually knew Loud for almost a year. He says Loud had been inside his home before and knew exactly where the TV was when he stole it.

Anthony Loud was arrested on charges including 2nd degree burglary. Police also found Loud carrying a bag with a loaded firearm and drugs inside.

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