Alert neighbor helps nab suspect
by By GREG KAYLOR Banner Staff Writer
Nov 16, 2012 | 2128 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Christopher B. Bryson
Christopher B. Bryson

Quick response by law enforcement and an alert neighbor aided in foiling a reported burglary in progress Wednesday.

Christopher B. Bryson, 39, was reportedly caught inside a residence on Durkee Road after a neighbor informed 911 of a possible crime being committed.

According to reports, School Resource Officer Jay Lawson was less than two minutes away at Oak Grove Elementary School when dispatchers at the Bradley County 911 Center broadcast the burglary in progress call, according to Bob Gault, media relations coordinator for the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office.

Other Bradley County deputies responded to the scene and entered the residence, along with Lawson.

After the lawmen identified themselves as law enforcement, Bryson reportedly exited a bedroom in the home. He was taken into custody at that point.

“Investigation revealed the neighbor who initiated the response said Bryson had knocked on her door wanting to use the phone. When she refused, the woman watched as he walked behind the home next door and forced entry through a rear door. Two doors were damaged, but nothing was taken,” Gault said.

A number of pills were found in Bryson’s possession. He was transported to the Bradley County Jail and charged with aggravated burglary and possession of Schedule IV drugs.

Sheriff Jim Ruth said the alert neighbor and the deputies are to be commended for stopping a burglary in progress.

“She did the right thing,” Ruth said.

BCSO Lt. Bob Hancock has worked with more than 60 neighborhoods in the city and county to establish Neighborhood Watch Associations.

Each is based on the concept of neighbors watching out for one another and reporting suspicious activity to law enforcement, according to Gault.

Anyone wishing to set up a Neighborhood Watch is encouraged to contact Hancock at 728-7321, or email

- A possible suspect was named in a burglary which occurred at a residence where the homeowner had been out of town for a few days. When Charles Walters and his wife returned home Tuesday, they discovered several items missing.

According to a report filed by deputy Paul Allen, a television, surround-sound system, Blu-Ray player, DVD player, a Toshiba laptop computer, digital camera and a Hewlett-Packard printer were missing.

The doors to the residence were secured when the couple arrived home and there were no signs of forced entry.

The Walters couple were able to name a possible suspect.

Detective Shaunda Efaw responded to the residence to aid in the investigation.

No estimate regarding loss was noted in the BCSO report.