Darren Doyle, story:
A Caneyville man was held by gunpoint by a homeowner until law enforcement arrived on scene in an attempted burglary, according to the Edmonson County Sheriff's Office.
Officials said that on January 30th, around 4pm, officers were dispatched to a residence on E.G. Nash Road, owned by Gary Miller. According to officials, Miller arrived at the residence and found a man removing items from the residence and placing them in a vehicle. Miller reportedly called 911 to report the burglary in process and law enforcement officers were immediately dispatched, but Miller called back just a few minutes later to inform officials that the suspect had gotten away and there was no immediate threat.
Although Miller was the owner of the residence, he did not live there at the time, according to the sheriff.
Officials said that upon Miller's search of the residence, Miller found Robert Neal Hunt, (20), the same man he saw taking items from the residence, hiding inside. Miller, who officials said was a Concealed/Carry Deadly Weapons permit holder, held Hunt at gunpoint until the Sheriff's Office arrived a few minutes later.
Hunt was taken into custody without incident and several items belonging to Miller were found in Hunt's vehicle, including multiple firearms and antique military relics, according to officials. Hunt was arrested and charged with: Burglary 2nd degree, Theft by unlawful taking or disposition-firearm, Theft by unlawful taking or disposition-all others under $500.
"Mr. Miller had every right to protect himself and his property," said Sheriff Shane Doyle. "The burglary suspect is very fortunate to have not been seriously injured or killed in this incident. We also appreciate Mr. Miller's use of good judgement in this situation and the fact that he used his rights to own, carry, and use a weapon responsibly."
Hunt was transported and lodged in the Hart County Jail, where he remains on a $5,000 cash bond.