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Man catches burglars breaking into neighbor's home

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DARLINGTON, SC (WMBF) - Three people are behind bars Thursday after Darlington resident Dustin Cullison saw a burglary taking place at his neighbor's house. Cullison was pulling into his driveway Wednesday night shortly after 8:00 p.m. when he noticed a suspicious person sitting in a car right outside his neighbor's house at the 100 block of Calhoun Street.  

"I was too pumped up to be scared. I was mad. I was not gonna let them get away," Cullison said.

Cullison said his adrenaline was pumping as he went into his house to write down the license plate number of what he called a suspicious car with a suspicious driver sitting outside his neighbor's home.

"When I came back out, he was still sitting there, and I hear him go 'come on, come on, come on, go' and I could hear jingles. [It was a] big jug of change because they were running and the big jug of change was bouncing," Cullison said.

Cullison followed the car at a distance to the Bi-Lo Grocery Store down the road, where he was able to flag down an officer. Both Cullison and the officer approached the two men who Cullison said, were dumping coins into a coin machine.

"When we started questioning them and stuff they didn't know what to say," Cullison said.

Once Darlington police confirmed the house on Calhoun Street was broken into, they arrested the two men who were at the coin machine, Johnny Lee Dowdy Jr. and Dontavius Williams. They also arrested the driver of the vehicle, Jerrod Dargan.

Darlington Police Sergeant Kimberly Nelson said Cullison's quick thinking is how they were able to make the arrests.

"It really did help us. We were able to catch the guys in the act of doing what they were doing with the items they took," Nelson said.

Eric Graham called Cullison a "celebrity" for catching the men who were breaking into his home. He added that he was just relieved his children weren't home during the time of the crime.

"I'm glad I sent them to their cousin's house for the weekend because if they wasn't, we probably would have been here as a family. Like they said, they found a gun in there and everything. It could've been worse than what it was. I'm glad they've been caught," Graham approved.

Cullison said he'd do it all over again because he was just looking out for his neighbors.

"If you do the right thing, good things will come out of it," Cullison said.

Darlington police said the suspects stole several items from the home.

All three suspects remained in custody Thursday evening. Each is charged with first degree burglary and larceny.

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