A burglary suspect was in custody Wednesday after a caller alerted law enforcement of the break-in and a deputy chased down a fleeing man.

Officers responded between 10:45 a.m.-11 a.m. to the 1300 block of 10th Street Southeast after a neighbor saw suspicious activity and heard a loud noise that was likely forced entry into the vacant house, Colquitt County Sheriff’s Office investigator Mike Murfin said.

“The neighbor knew the occupant of the residence had died,” he said. “She saw a man walk into the driveway, knock on the door. He circled the house and knocked on the door again. He did that several times.”

After hearing the noise the neighbor called someone who in turn called 911, Murfin said. The man went out the back of the residence and a deputy who had arrived at the location gave chase and caught him.

Donald Bryant, 28, 824 Joe Louis Ave., was arrested but had not been charged in the incident as of Wednesday afternoon.

Property believed to have been taken from the house was found on Bryant and in the yard, Murfin said.

“The only reason this guy’s in custody is the neighbor helping us and the right authorities being contacted and the deputy being on his toes when he got there,” Murfin said.

Bryant was convicted in 2004 in Dougherty County, according to Georgia Department of Corrections records, and was convicted on a burglary charge in Colquitt County in 2006. He was released from prison on July 13.

In an incident in Moultrie on Tuesday police took a man into custody but released him without charges after witnesses could not positively identify him.

Moultrie Police Department officers responded at 1:10 p.m. to the 1000 block of 11th Avenue Southeast. A witness reported seeing two men dressed in purple shirts, white hats and jeans who ran from the scene.

Officers found two purple shirts and a white hat in a wooded area and later took into a custody a man seen walking in the area with no shirt on. The man later was released.

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