Chasing down would-be criminals isn't something Sherry Wegley and her family would normally do with their weekend, but on Sunday, the mother of four said she had just about all she could take of crime at her Lakeland home.
"We got broken into Dec.15, right before Christmas. I work hard for my things, and I just feel like it's my stuff -- don't come in and invade my property," said Wegley.
She said that's exactly what happened Sunday.
Her family had just returned home from a back-to-school event when her 13-year-old son Chase found the front door open and unlocked.
"I heard glass shattering. I ran to my mom and said mom someone's in the house, quick let's go," said Chase Wegley.
Before she knew it, she saw two suspects running from the back of her house and down the road.
Wegley told a neighbor to call police, corralled her kids, jumped in her car and gave chase.
"Just the point that you get violated like this, I was like no I'm going after them," Wegley said.
She said she followed the suspects for about a mile, yelling at the pair.
"I said I want to reprimand you and you need to get back and clean up the glass, apologize for what you've done, and I won't press charges," she said.
Eventually Lakeland Police intervened and arrested a 15 and 16 year old.
The boys, who are brothers, were charged with burglary.
Police say Wegley's actions no doubt helped them catch the suspects, but they don't endorse her actions.
"It's a risky thing to do; it could have turned very bad, but luckily in this case it worked out," said Lakeland Police spokesman Gary Gross. "More times than often it can turn ugly."
As for Wegley, she said she has no regrets and said if this were to happen again, she would do the same thing.
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