TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) - A student's quick action helped police catch a man in his underwear.
Daniel Grace was the first one awake in his apartment at Campus Suites Wednesday, just before 7:00 a.m.
"[I woke] up, went to turn on the news, have my breakfast, have some hot chocolate, [and I] notice the TV's missing," Grace said. "Then I went to my bedroom, ...hear a noise, look out my window, and see some guy walking around the back of my house," he said.
Grace says the man then tried to enter the house through an unlocked sliding glass door. That's when he yelled and chased the man into the woods behind the apartment complex.
"[I] probably chased him half a mile into the woods, taking out trees along the way, ran through a creek. [I'm] a little bit wet," he said.
Tippecanoe County Sherriff's Deputies and West Lafayette Police Officers set up a perimeter and used canines to track the suspect, but they were initially unable to locate him.
Shortly after 10:00 a.m., another resident spotted a man coming out of the woods in his underwear.
Police chased the man back into the woods where they took him into custody. Lamarr Thornton, 22, of West Lafayette was arrested on two counts of burglary and one count of resisting arrest. Police believe Thornton also stole items from another apartment in the complex.
Police also towed away a vehicle they believe belongs to Thornton. Grace believes his stolen TV, along with some of his guitars, were inside that car.