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Pet doors could make your home more vulnerable to criminals

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Sirmans threw this stolen .45 caliber handgun out the window of his car shortly before he was spotted by Clinch County deputies and arrested Sirmans threw this stolen .45 caliber handgun out the window of his car shortly before he was spotted by Clinch County deputies and arrested
Randy Courson Randy Courson
ECHOLS COUNTY, GA (WALB) -

Pet doors are a convenient way for your pets to go in and out of your house, but one Echols County homeowner found, they can also convenient for burglars.

"[The homeowner] had come home and seen a silver Mazda sittin' in his driveway," explained Randy Courson, Echols County Sheriff. "At that point, he blocked the vehicle in, attempted to, with his vehicle. He noticed his gate open at the rear of the residence. Went through the gate and seen some feet goin' through the doggie door."

Those feet belonged to 24 year-old Rashawn Sirmans.

The homeowner didn't want to go on camera, but Sheriff Courson said the homeowner went back to his car, grabbed his pistol and dialed 911. Sirmans ran out of the home without stealing anything. The homeowner confronted Sirmans and let him get away, but only after taking a rifle out Sirmans' car.

"Basically told him he didn't mind if he left, as long as he was able to get the gun," said Courson.

Clinch County deputies spotted the silver Mazda on Highway 187 near Homerville a short time later. Investigators say Sirmans threw some stolen weapons out the window, but deputies found them.

"Come to find out," Courson explained, "the weapon the homeowner had taken from the car, along with the weapons that was thrown out, they was all stolen from recent burglaries in Lanier County."

Sheriff Courson hopes that other people with pet doors will learn from this crime. "Just be careful how you got your doggie door set up. If it goes directly into the residence, you have to be cautious that this might happen."

Sirmans is currently in the Lowndes County Jail facing multiple charges in Clinch, Lanier, and Echols Counties.

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