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Video shows arrest of car break-in suspect after foot chase

Body camera video of the arrest (Source: Americus Police Department) Body camera video of the arrest (Source: Americus Police Department)
Police caught one break-in suspect (Source: WALB) Police caught one break-in suspect (Source: WALB)
Hannah Blattert (Source: WALB) Hannah Blattert (Source: WALB)
Meredith Evans (Source: WALB) Meredith Evans (Source: WALB)
(Source: Sumter County Jail) (Source: Sumter County Jail)

Body camera video captured the arrest of a man police said broke into a laundry room after trying to break into multiple cars in a neighborhood.

Police are warning you again to lock your cars and remove valuables.

They hope this arrest reduces the number of break-ins.

"We don't anticipate it will stop, but we are grateful. The officers did an outstanding job and were able to apprehend this one offender," said Major Herman Lamar with the Americus Police Department.

Police caught Trenedrick Bishop on Harrold Avenue minutes after getting a call from a neighbor who saw him pulling car door handles.

The officers chased him down and caught him in that laundry room.

The loud foot chase woke up Meredith Evans. Police and Trenedrick Bishop got tangled up right outside her bedroom window.

"Definitely was an experience waking up at four in the morning to hear a police man taking down a guy right next to our bedroom," said Evans.

Police said Bishop ran up Harrold Avenue and broke into a woman's house trying to hide.

Bishop told police in the video that he didn't do anything wrong. Neighbors are glad he was caught.

"We don't have to worry about anybody breaking into our cars or homes." said Jennifer Taylor.

"It meant a lot for sure. We definitely feel safe in this neighborhood knowing that they're there," said Evans.

"I'm glad, the police station is right over there, I'm glad they're here," said Hannah Blattert.

Police are confident this arrest will not mark the end of the car break-ins.

They have advice for car owners.

"Lock your doors. Don't leave valuables visible in your vehicles," said Major Lamar.

Bishop faces entering auto and burglary charges. Police are glad to have him off the street.

"We were fortunate that we had some good reporting from our citizens and the officers responded tremendously, quickly, and appropriately in apprehending him," said Major Lamar.

Citizens on Harrold Avenue are thankful for that.

"A little scary but it's good to know that the Americus police are on it," said Evans.

Many of the cars hit were unlocked. Major Lamar said locking and cleaning your car could be the best way to keep yourself from becoming a victim.

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