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Published January 16, 2012, 07:14 PM

Casselton family catches burglar in the act

Casselton, ND (WDAY TV) - A Casselton homeowner comes face to face with a man burglarizing his garage. It happened on the 200 block of Langer Avenue North early this morning.

A Casselton homeowner comes face to face with a man burglarizing his garage. It happened on the 200 block of Langer Avenue North early this morning.

About two and a half months ago, food and beverages started disappearing from the garage of Steve and Stacy Link. So they installed an alarm... And that investment paid off.

Stacy Link's husband Steve is a volunteer firefighter, so she's used to him jumping out of bed at all times of the night, but this morning was different.

Stacy Link – Burglary Victim: "Our main concern and Steve's main concern was he would protect me and our kids at all costs and himself."

The Links knew at once it was a burglar. The burglar entered the garage through this side door. That's when the alarm went off inside the home and unknown to the suspect a camera was mounted on the wall to catch him in the act. While Stacy called 911, Steve ran outside and tried to trap the man in the garage.

Stacy Link: "He said 'the cops are on the way, you're in trouble. You're going to get caught just don't make it worse stay here.'"

Steve was unarmed and the Links believe the suspect also did not have a gun. Stacy-who was watching from the kitchen window-says the man appeared extremely anxious.

Stacy Link: "Just he said 'I gotta get outta here. I gotta get outta here.'"

And he did get away through another door-which was locked and even screwed shut. But the suspect was able to yank it open and escape into an alleyway.

Stacy Link: "So Steve took off after him on foot and chased him and he darted in between another neighbor's house."

Deputies arrived within minutes of Stacy's phone call, but by then the suspect got away. She says from now on, her family will be extra careful.

Rachel: "Do you plan on locking that door more now?”

Stacy Link: “I think so, I think it'll become more of a practice to do it."

A practice that'll save them from future trouble.

The suspect was last seen travelling eastbound. Stacy Link says she was told items fell out of his pockets as he got away.

Steve Link was able to get a good description of the man before he fled. The suspect is described as a white male about six feet tall, in his late teens or early twenties. He was last seen wearing a brown work jacket and black stocking cap. It's believed he was by himself.

Jade Vandeneinde – Cass County Sheriff’s Office: “Just to lock your doors in the first place and most likely they'll move onto the next place that would be easier. However, if it does happen to you, do not confront the burglar, call 911 immediately, find a safe place in your home.”

Deputies say there has been a string of burglaries in the past three months. It's not yet known if they're all connected.

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