A tipster's call to authorities that he saw a man entering a neighbor's window in Brooksville brought out deputies in time to stop a burglary in progress Monday, the Hernando County Sheriff's Office said.
Rufus Lindell Timmons, 49, of Brooksville, faces charges of burglary and resisting/obstructing a officer without violence, deputies said. He was taken to the Hernando County Jail with bail set at $5,500.
Just before 2:30 p.m., deputies responded to the call at 6387 Dakota Drive, in the Hill 'N Dale subdivision. Deputies said the call came from a neighbor who reported seeing a man jump the fence on the north side of property and enter the residence through a back window.
Two deputies arrived, and one looked through a window and observed a man who fit the description given by the caller. The man in the house made eye contact with the deputy and quickly fled through the residence and out the front door, the sheriff's office said.
The other deputy then chased the intruder on foot about 200 yards before the suspect gave up and went to the ground, the sheriff's office said.
The suspect was taken into custody and later identified by deputies as Timmons.
The jail website lists Timmons' address as 6395 Dakota Drive. According to county records, that is next door to the house deputies said was burglarized.
Deputies contacted the homeowner, who confirmed Timmons was not permitted to be on the property.
Timmons had three active county warrants on charges of fleeing to elude and driving with a suspended or revoked license; knowlingly driving with a suspended or revoked license; and domestic battery.