Teen Helps Police Catch Suspected Burglar

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Teen Helps Police Catch Suspected Burglar

CREATED May 29, 2014
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A teenager at home alone was able to help police catch a suspected burglar inside his family's home.

Parker Langley, age 14, was at his home on Whispering Hills Drive Tuesday when he looked out the back window and saw a man he didn't recognize in the backyard. He then called his mother, who called police.

"My son was absolutely terrified. I was terrified. I kept trying to dial 911 and kept taking me to the wrong precinct," Parker's mom Jennifer told NewsChannel 5.

The teen told police he watched the man ransack a shed. The suspect then started walking toward the home.

"I saw him just walking around with my dad's stuff, and he was like carrying shovels around and had like lawn equipment, and it was just really weird," said Langley. 

"He proceeded to take off his pants and underwear," Jennifer Langley said.

Parker said the man took a beer from the refrigerator, and he walked around the house with tools stolen from the backyard shed.
At this point, Parker ran and hid in a bathroom.

"I was scared, but I kind of figured he was mental, because he kept talking to himself and screaming," he said. 

Parker told police he heard the suspect make his way into a back laundry room. The boy used that time to escape the home, and run to to the church next door.

When police arrived, they surrounded the home and found the burglar inside a bedroom. They said the suspect had used his car to ram a wooden fence to get inside the yard. Inside his car, police found a large knife.

Police arrested 34-year-old Michael S. Craddock and charged him with aggravated burglary and vandalism. His bond was set at $40,000.

Craddock has a lengthy arrest record.  It includes violating orders of protection and several drug charges.