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Bessemer woman follows man after he allegedly burglarized her home

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Penny Jones. Source: WBRC video Penny Jones. Source: WBRC video
Penny said the man took this ladder and weed eater from her home. Source: WBRC video Penny said the man took this ladder and weed eater from her home. Source: WBRC video
BESSEMER, AL (WBRC) -

A Bessemer woman fed up after being burglarized multiple times took matters into her own hands on Friday by following a suspect.

Penny Jones said she was about to make lunch at her home in Bessemer around 11 a.m. on Friday when she heard a knock at the side door.

"For some reason I felt weird about answering," said Penny. "The curtain was down but you can kind of see through it a little bit and I couldn't see someone standing there."

It wasn't until she and her son looked out his bedroom window that she saw who was doing the knocking.

"That's when we saw a guy loading up a ladder, putting it in his pick-up. So, I came back to the kitchen. He was loading up the weed eater and then he pulled off," said Penny.

Penny immediately grabbed her phone and took a picture of the suspect's truck as he was leaving.

She then grabbed her keys, called 9-1-1 and started to follow him.

"He was at the Shell gas station just down Morgan Road filling up his truck with gas," said Penny.

She told the 9-1-1 dispatcher where he was and that she was following him until police stopped him.

"I followed him all the way to his road and about that time the undercover cops had got there and pulled in and arrested him and got my stuff back," said Penny.

The man Bessemer Police arrested was 49-year-old Mark Wade.

Penny said Wade told police the items were his and that he bought them.

When asked if she would do it again, Penny said yes.

"Oh yeah, absolutely. Something happens when somebody threatens your kids, your stuff. Something happens. I don't know, I can't explain it," she said.

Wade is charged with criminal trespassing and third degree theft.

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