Montgomery, Alabama

From the Montgomery Advertiser of October 18, 2007

Burglar made to clean up mess

After a robber cleaned out a Montgomery couple’s home, the couple made him clean up — at gunpoint.

When Adrian and Tiffany McKinnon returned to their Centennial Hill home, the husband and wife discovered that thieves had broke into the Ross Street residence and cleaned the house out of almost everything the family of five owned, said Tiffany McKinnon, crying as she spoke.

“Tears just rolled down my face as I walked in and saw everything gone and piles of trash all over my home,” said the woman, who discov­ered the burglary Tuesday when they went home to pre­pare for the rest of their fam­ily’s return after a week away.

Reassuring her that every­thing would be all right, her husband sent her to her sis­ter’s home a block away while he inspected the piles of ransacked items.

It was while he was doing this, making his way back into the sunroom, when she said a man walked in the back door, straight into her husband.

“My husband Adrian caught the thief red-handed in our home,” she said, a smile replacing the frown on her face.

“And what is even crazier, the man even had my hus­band’s hat sitting right on his head,” she said.

Adrian McKinnon held the suspect — Tajuan Bullock, 33, of 2963 University Drive — at gunpoint and told him to sit on the floor until he de­cided what he was going to do, she said.

“We made this man clean up all the mess he made, piles of stuff, he had thrown out of my drawers and cabi­nets onto the floor,” she said.

Once police arrived, Bul­lock complained to them about being forced at gun­point to clean up the home.

“This man had the nerve to raise sand about us mak­ing him clean up the mess he made in my house,” she said. “The police officer laughed at him when he complained and said anybody else would have shot him dead.

“That made the man shut up.”

Police arrested Bullock at 2 p.m. Tuesday on burglary and theft charges, said Capt. Huey Thornton, a Montgom­ery Police Department spokesman.

Bullock is being held in the Montgomery County De­tention Facility on a $30,000 bond.

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