Sheriff: Armed homeowner walks burglar outside to wait for deputies

Wilton Grady Dickerson (Photo source: George Co. Sheriff's Dept.)
Wilton Grady Dickerson (Photo source: George Co. Sheriff's Dept.)

GEORGE COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - A George County man found himself on the wrong end of a homeowner's gun after allegedly breaking into a home on Crenshaw Road Saturday night.

Sheriff Dean Howell said just after midnight, dispatch received a call from a homeowner who said he was holding a burglar at gunpoint. When deputies arrived, they found Alex Hamblin standing on the sidewalk with the suspect, Wilton Grady Dickerson, 28.

Hamblin recounted how he had heard a loud noise downstairs, grabbed his gun and found Dickerson standing in the kitchen. At first, the homeowner thought it was his son, but quickly realized it wasn't. He said the intruder was wearing his wife's coat, so he told him to take it off, put his hands in the air, and drop to the floor. The suspect complied.

Deputies said when they patted Dickerson down, they found pills in his pocket, which were later identified as clonazepham. A change purse, $10 in cash, an ink cartridge, and sunglasses belonging to the homeowner's wife were also found on the man.

According to the sheriff, Dickerson told investigators he didn't know the Hamblins and didn't know why he was there.

Dickerson was charged with possession of a medication without a prescription and burglary. As of Monday, he was still at the George Regional Jail awaiting an initial court appearance.

Sheriff Howell said this burglary is not connected to the rash of burglaries across George County over the last two months.

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