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Alabama Family Spots Thieves Who Stole Their Christmas Gifts, Hold Them At Gunpoint Until Cops Arrive

December 16, 2014  |  Posted by: Giovanni DePhillips
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According to the New York Daily News, Alabama thieves returned to the scene of the crime, however it ended much differently after their victims spotted them and held them at gunpoint until cops arrived.

The home of an Alabama family, who was robbed of their Christmas presents and two televisions, believed they caught the crooks Sunday when they were driving by their house in Warrior Ala. a few days after the robbery took place.

A local television crew from TV Station WBRC was interviewing the family about the theft when relatives spotted the car and followed them.

They held the thieves at gunpoint until officers from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office arrived them.

Police did not respond to calls seeking comment from the Daily News but the Wyatt family said they had just robbed another home an hour earlier and the owner identified the items in the vehicle. The station showed footage of the suspects being arrested.

The Wyatt family has surveillance footage of the break-in which showed a woman and two men knock down their door and take off with the presents and TVs.

Chris Wyatt recognized two of the individuals from the video as they drove by. He and other relatives followed them down a few roads and then blocked them in, the station reported. They then drew their handguns on the alleged robbers until officers arrived.

“They happened to drive by and we (saw) them drive by and we knew it was them and we stopped them,” Chris Wyatt said.

Eric Paul Stillwell, 38, of Quinton, Natosha Derrick, 29, of Jasper and Elizabeth Frost, 28, of Burnwell, were charged with third degree burglary, and second degree theft of property for the robbery on Sunday. They are being held on $25,000 bail.

Authorities are investigating if there will also be charges from the Wyatt family’s burglary.

Sarah Wyatt said she hopes the arrest means the family can get their stuff back.

“Sure hope so, if they don’t at least we’re all safe and in one piece and they are off the street for now,” she told the station.

From the New York Daily News

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