73-year-old homeowner holds burglary suspect at gunpoint

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AKRON, Ohio– Akron police were called to a burglary that happened on Crosby Street just after 5 a.m. Tuesday.

When officers got to the scene, the 73-year-old resident was holding the suspect at gunpoint.

The victim told police he heard his doorbell ring several times, but did not answer. Moments later, he heard the suspect inside his home so he detained the man until police arrived.

“Someone broke in either last night or the night before, and my front door is loose. I already had the police out here yesterday to do a police report. And I had something propped against the door. He shoved it open. He was ringing on the door bell to see if anyone was home and when I didn’t answer the door, he shoved his way in,” the man told dispatchers.

Akron police said 51-year-old Thomas Gaffney, of Akron, was taken into custody. He was charged with burglary and drug paraphernalia.

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