PEMBROKE — Pembroke police say an officer who interrupted a break-in at an elderly woman’s home this weekend didn’t just catch the intruders — he may have saved her life.
Sgt. Timothy Locklear was patrolling West Fourth Street at about 10:45 p.m. on Saturday when he saw “a suspicious man” in a car parked in front of a house. When he got out of the car to talk to the man, he fled from the car and another man ran out of the house, Sgt. Matt Locklear said.
The officer chased the men and eventually lost them before going to interview the homeowner, who also owned the car the man was seen sitting in.
“Sgt. Timothy Locklear’s sharp eye and quick response may have saved this victim’s life,” Chief Grant Florita said.
The victim told the officer that the two men had come to her door and asked to use the phone. They then “forced their way into the home, held the victim down and demanded money,” Sgt. Matt Locklear said.
About three hours later and less than five minutes away, Pembroke police got a call about a car being broken into on Pembroke Point Lane. Officers found and arrested Ryan Austin Brooks, 23, and Cameron Bryan Locklear, 22.
The men are each charged with first-degree burglary, common law robbery and felony conspiracy, according to Sgt. Matt Locklear. More charges are expected.
“They still had the keys to her vehicle and that’s how we were able to tie them to that robbery,” Sgt. Matt Locklear said. In addition to the keys, officers also found the items that had been stolen from the elderly woman’s home.
Brooks, who lives on Landis Drive in Maxton, was placed under a $50,000 bond. Bond for Cameron Locklear, who lives on J.L. Road in Maxton, is set at $100,000.
The Robesonian has elected not to publish the name of the elderly woman.