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Citizen’s tip leads to arrest

September 5, 2012
The Inter-Mountain

What do most people do if they see something they believe could be connected to a crime? Some of them call 911 and others keep quiet, fearing retaliation.

The group in the latter category may sometimes have regrets, realizing later that they could have prevented something terrible from happening.

Tucker County resident David A. Kyle isn't among those who looked the other way.

Last month, he saw a man carrying guns out of a downtown Parsons business. So, he followed him and watched the man take the weapons into his home. Apparently, Kyle thought something was suspicious because he called police.

His tip paid off. Police found the guns and other items, allegedly taken from two businesses. Parsons City Council honored Kyle last week with a plaque for his good deed.

We don't know what the man who allegedly took the guns was going to do with them. What we do know is Kyle thought enough of his community and its residents to take precautions.

Doing what Kyle did was heroic, but it's not always safe. Luckily, he was not involved in any type of incident with the man.

Still, we are grateful for his efforts, and encourage all residents to alert police to anything they discover out of the ordinary. You never know what it could prevent.



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