Copper Thief Arrested With 4-Year-Old Daughter in Getaway Car, Police Say

Bandits caught by concerned neighbors

By Patrick Hickey Jr.
|  Tuesday, Apr 24, 2012  |  Updated 11:54 AM CDT
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A curious couple caught a pair of bandits at a home in Georgia and followed them until police arrived.

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A man and his fiancée noticed two men sneaking around a vacant home in Stockbridge, Georgia on Monday night and police said one of the baddies brought his 4-year-old daughter along for the heist.

The unoccupied home, a prime target for copper and air condition thieves, was across the street from one of the couple's grandparents.

"When I noticed people creeping around the neighborhood and creeping around the house, I knew something suspicious or something was about to go wrong," Chris Anderson told CBS Atlanta.

Soon after, Anderson began honking his horn at the two accused henchmen, 41-year-old Bryan Yearta and 38-year-old Jerry Smith, who got in their car and drove away.

Already on the phone with local authorities, Anderson and his fiancée followed the suspects. Minutes later, Henry County cops reportedly pulled Yearta and Smith over. That’s when they saw the child in the backseat, with no car seat or seat belt on. Both were arrested and denied bond, according to CBS.

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