Pet doors could make your home more vulnerable to criminals - WALB.com, Albany News, Weather, Sports

Pet doors could make your home more vulnerable to criminals

Posted: Updated:
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
  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • 9-year-old raises funds for Flint RiverQuarium

    9-year-old raises funds for Flint RiverQuarium

    Thursday, July 24 2014 10:30 AM EDT2014-07-24 14:30:46 GMT
    The Flint RiverQuarium has more funds for feeding its animals thanks to the efforts of one 9-year-old girl.More >>
    The Flint RiverQuarium has more funds for feeding its animals thanks to the efforts of one 9-year-old girl.More >>
  • Metro Albany's jobless rate climbs .3%

    Metro Albany's jobless rate climbs .3%

    Thursday, July 24 2014 8:54 AM EDT2014-07-24 12:54:21 GMT
    Information from The Georgia Department of Labor- The Georgia Department of Labor says Metro Albany's unemployment rate increased to 8.7 percent in June, up three-tenths of a percentage point from 8.4More >>
    The rate increased because of seasonal factors, such as the summer job loss among non-contract school workers and temporary layoffs, primarily in manufacturing. There were 60,500 jobs in Albany in June, down by 300, or 0.5 percent, from 60,800 in May. Most of the loss came in state government and the service-related industries.More >>
  • Air Algerie flight vanishes from radar

    Air Algerie flight vanishes from radar

    Thursday, July 24 2014 7:21 AM EDT2014-07-24 11:21:02 GMT
    ALGIERS, Algeria (WALB) - An Air Algerie flight with 110 passengers and 6 crew member has vanished from radar.The flight, which was headed to Algiers from Burkina Faso, disappeared about 50 minutes after takeoff.The plane's flight path passes over Mali where military unrest continues in country's north. The U.S. recently banned flights into and over African conflict zones, including Mali.This comes just days after a Malaysian Airliner was shot down over Ukraine killing everyone on boardCopyri...More >>
    ALGIERS, Algeria (WALB) - An Air Algerie flight with 110 passengers and 6 crew member has vanished from radar.The flight, which was headed to Algiers from Burkina Faso, disappeared about 50 minutes after takeoff.The plane's flight path passes over Mali where military unrest continues in country's north. The U.S. recently banned flights into and over African conflict zones, including Mali.This comes just days after a Malaysian Airliner was shot down over Ukraine killing everyone on boardCopyri...More >>
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.

Copyright 2014 WALB.  All rights reserved.