Local law enforcement officers have found and arrested a man wanted for a burglary early Wednesday morning.
Lebanon police Chief Scott Bowen said officers responded to the burglary call on Meadowlane Drive just before 9 a.m. He said the victim told them he walked into his house and saw a stranger in his hallway holding a laptop.
Bowen said the two then got into a physical altercation and the suspect ran out of the house, got into his car and tried to leave. A neighbor heard the commotion and came over to help the victim before the suspect fled on foot toward a wooded area behind the house.
Several local schools including Winfree Bryant Middle School, Lebanon High School, Byars Dowdy Elementary School and Immanuel Baptist Church preschool were all placed on a soft lockdown while officers and deputies searched for the suspect. The schools were on lock down from around 9 a.m. until 10:30 a.m.
Police continued their search for the suspect throughout the day Wednesday.
According to Bowen, the suspect left a silver Mitsubishi Gallant in the victim’s driveway, which officers then took inventory from and found the registered owner. He said they found Billy Harmon Jr., 37, of Hartsville, to be the suspect wanted for burglary.
Later that day, Bowen said another victim also reported Harmon had stolen his gun while he had been at his house earlier in the day.
After obtaining a warrant on Harmon for aggravated burglary, officers issued a BOLO, or “be on the lookout,” for the truck Harmon left in.
Bowen said a Wilson County Sheriffs deputy spotted the truck and conducted at traffic stop at Weatherly Estates when he noticed someone try to duck down in the seat. He said the driver was found to be Harmon’s wife, who told the deputy her husband was not in the car. He said the deputy then spotted someone’s head under a pile of clothes in the back seat.
Harmon was then arrested and charged with aggravated burglary and theft of property.
Harmon’s court date is set for May 15. He was held in Wilson County Jail under a $5,550 bail.
Bowen said both the homeowner’s laptop and the second victim’s gun were recovered and returned.