Burglary attempt lands drunken man behind bars
What started as a scary call in the middle of the night for Hicks Tire and Muffler Shop Owner Marty Hicks, ended with a drunken burglar caught in the act, after a busy night of investigation by police.
"The alarm system went off close to 3 o'clock this morning, and the cops were dispatched, then they called my residence," said Marty Hicks.
"The officers were close enough that when the alarm went off, they responded as they should, in a quick fashion, got there in time to find this guy there, still at the store...They started checking other businesses and actually found another door broken out at the dollar general store," said Paris Police Chief Bob Hundley.
26-year-old Christopher Niven was found near Hicks' Shop on Bonham Street with a backpack full of beer and cell phones.
Police arrested him for burglary and public intoxication.
They say he could have gotten away with a lot more.
"Due to the alarm system that went off, you know, that really helps each business right here for that purpose," said Hicks.
"The best prevention that you have is a burglar alarm," said Hundley.
Business owners and police say when it comes to suspicious activity, if you see something, say something.
"If anybody in our area, if you see anything that's out of the way, just to be sure, call the police department immediately," said Hicks.
"It wouldn't hurt at all to give us a call and let us check them out," said Hundley.
Hicks credits officers for a quick and effective response.
"The police was really fast, you know, like they say 'Johnny on the spot', and apprehended him," said Hicks. "Kudos to the police department in Paris."