The Dalton police chief got a little more of a workout than he was planning Thursday morning while enjoying his Thanksgiving holiday.
Instead of his planned morning jog through the Murray Hill neighborhood, Chief Jason Parker saw a burglary and arrested the suspect after a chase.
It happened around 7:30 a.m. Thursday as Parker jogged south down Valley Drive.
Parker saw Thomas Daniel Green, 48, carrying a large bin full of items across Valley Drive in the direction of Thornton Avenue.
As Parker approached, Green sped up, cutting through a yard and staying near the bushes.
Parker followed Green as he entered the backyard of a house on Thornton Avenue.
Police said as Parker watched from a hidden spot, Green entered an outbuilding on the property. Parker didn't have a cell phone with him, so he asked a couple walking on Franklin Street to call police. They went back to their house to make the call.
Police said Green carried several items out of the building and as Parker walked towards Green to confront him, Green fled.
Parker identified himself as a police officer and ordered Green to stop several times.
After running through several properties down Valley Drive, Parker finally caught up to Green and managed to trip him up and get him into custody.
Police said Parker walked Green, who continued to struggle, back towards the intersection of Thornton and Franklin, where he met officers as they arrived.
Among the items police said Green took were a hammock and throw pillows, as well as a bin of brooms and cleaning supplies.
"I just reacted the way any of our officers would," Chief Parker said of the incident. "Thanks to the citizens who relayed my request for assistance to 911 and the quick arrival of patrol officers, we were able to take this guy off the streets and return the stolen property to the rightful owners. What started out as a chance encounter resulted in a great team effort."
Green was charged with obstruction of an officer, burglary, and theft by taking.
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