Two men charged with Homewood burglary

Two men charged with Homewood burglary

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Gerald Carlisle and James Sanders (Photo: Jeffco Sheriff's Office) Gerald Carlisle and James Sanders (Photo: Jeffco Sheriff's Office)
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

Homewood police have charged two men caught during a break-in at a Grove Street home. The burglary happened just before 1 p.m. Friday, March 8.

Officers credit "quick thinking" neighbors who called police when they saw two men kicking in the door of the home and going inside.

When police arrived, they found 24-year-old Gerald Carlisle and 26-year-old James Sanders still in the house, trying to hide in the attic. Police also searched the car that the pair drove to the home, finding marijuana and cocaine in the vehicle.

A neighbor says this situation is an example of how the neighborhood comes together to look after each other, especially if something is suspicious.

"We are a close neighborhood. Everybody knows each other who comes who goes. I have people call me all the time if there is a stranger in the neighborhood. If there is somebody in my drive. If there is somebody walking we don't know them, we call the police. I'm sure they get tired of coming over here. We are west Homewood, so we are trying to keep it safe," Sandy Lawrence said.

Lawrence adds that considering the many people who spotted the two suspects, she would definitley nominate them for "dumbest criminals."

Both men are in jail with a collective bond of $90,000.

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