Athens man detains burglar until arrival of police


Todd Bradley Hill

By Joe Johnson

An Athens man on Tuesday reportedly detained a burglar in his home until police came and arrested the suspect.

According to an Athens-Clarke County police report, officers were dispatched at 9:25 p.m. to a home on North Avenue on a report that a resident was detaining a burglar in his garage.

Upon arrival, officers handcuffed 46-year-old Todd Bradley Hill, who insisted he had entered the garage to knock on the door because he was being followed by “a bunch of cars,” according to the report.

The report noted that the main entrance to the home was not in the garage, but to its right and up a staircase.

The 22-year-old resident reportedly told police that he encountered Hill in the garage after some friends alerted him to someone being there.

The resident said as he approached, he saw Hill standing in front of a vehicle rummaging through something, and upon confronting Hill an altercation ensued in which Hill allegedly threatened to cut the resident with a knife, according to the report.

The resident said he took Hill to the ground and released him when officers arrived, the report noted.

A bag belonging to the resident was on the ground in front of the vehicle, and inside it were numerous items that included a camcorder, boots and a football.

Hill said that the camcorder was his and he was using it to record his encounter with the resident and that it must have fallen into the bag during the altercation, an explanation that “didn’t seem plausible because the camera was under other items within the bag,” an officer wrote in the police report.

Hill, who was homeless was arrested on charges of first-degree burglary and loitering or prowling.

As of Wednesday afternoon, he remained at the county jail without bail being set for the burglary charge.

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