SEBRING - A 22-year-old Sebring man apparently caught burglarizing a house was arrested Sunday by Highlands County deputies while they were responding to the burglary call from the homeowner, authorities said Monday.
Travis Lloyd Pena, 22, 300 Turkey Lane, Sebring, was charged with possession of burglary tools, burglary, grand theft and criminal mischief. He is being held in the Highlands County jail on $17,500 bond.
The arrest came after the owner of a home at 4210 Westminster Road, Sebring, heard someone breaking glass and went outside for his safety, according to a press release.
Deputies Dan Danley and Justin Norris responded and took up different positions before Danley, who was in the rear, ordered the burglar to leave the house, the press release said.
When Pena left through the front door, he was arrested by Norris and was found to be in possession of items taken from the home, the release said.
Highlands County Sheriff Susan Benton praised the homeowner for leaving the residence rather than trying to confront the intruder.
"Our deputies faced the danger and were able to take this thief into custody without anyone getting hurt," she said. "Thank you deputies Danley and Norris for your courage to protect our community.