Lebanon burglary suspect Billy Harmon, of Hartsville, was arrested and served two warrants on Wednesday afternoon by Wilson County Sheriff’s Department.
According to Police Chief Scott Bowen, Lebanon Police responded to a burglary in process call at 8:20 a.m. at 823 Meadowlane Drive.
The homeowner confronted a suspect inside the home holding the victim’s laptop computer. Bowen said the homeowner and suspect got into an altercation inside the home. The suspect ran out of the house, got into his car and attempted to leave. A neighbor heard the commotion and came over to help. They blocked the suspect’s vehicle in the driveway and tried to hold him until police arrived, but the suspect fled of foot before officers got there.
The suspect’s jacket was recovered a block over from the house. Officers set up a perimeter and searched for the suspect in a large wooded area.
Area schools were notified of the situation and were temporarily placed on lockdown while officers continued to search for the burglar.
Officers took an inventory of the abandoned vehicle and determined its owner to be Harmon, 37.
Another victim reported that Harmon had stolen his gun while he had been at his house earlier that day.
Lt. Eric Rollins, with the Sheriff’s Department, conducted a traffic stop near Weatherly Estates and noticed that someone was hiding in the backseat underneath some items.
“Lt. Rollins stopped a female driver and saw his head sticking out in the back seat, where he had been laying down on top of the stolen weapon,” Sheriff Robert Bryan added.
According to reports, the driver was identified as Harmon’s wife.