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Wednesday, July 9 2014, 10:51 PM EDT
Victims and Citizens Help Police Catch Suspected Crooks
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Bold actions by an East Ridge couple and quick thinking by their 12-year-old daughter lands two burglary suspects behind bars.

The suspects reportedly stole nearly $1500 worth of property from the family's barn yesterday.

Andrew and Anthony Santora are facing theft and burglary charges. Police say Anthony Santora was also driving on a revoked license. The two had no idea that someone inside the home was watching them.

"Someone may be home and catching you and that you can't get away with it," said Tracie Record.

That's Tracie Records' advice for brothers -- Andrew and Anthony Santora.

"Criminals are just getting brave. I'm not happy about that at all," said Steve Record.

The Records' were at the grocery store when police say the brothers stole a dirt bike and a 4-wheeler from the barn outside their home.  Their 12-year-old daughter saw it all from inside the house. 

"I was just extremely nervous when my daughter called me, just knowing they were home alone and a stranger truck was in our drive way," said Tracie Record.

The Records were heading home to make sure their kids were safe, but before making it there, they spotted the alleged burglars at a red light on Ringgold Road with their stolen property on the back of the pickup truck.   That's when the Records sprang into action.

"We decided to follow them so we could tell police every play," said Tracie Record.

Even though Steven Record says he was advised by East Ridge police to stop pursuing them, he wasn't giving up.

"I told them I was not letting the stolen property out of my sight until I saw a police officer," said Steve Record.

After 10-minutes of following the couple down the Interstate and communicating with police, the two men were captured by police on the corner of Market and 20th streets in Chattanooga.

"As long as you don't confront them, I think staying back and following them is okay because if we don't work with police and help them, thieves won't get hurt," said Tracie Record.

The Records say the property isn't even theirs.  Both vehicles belong to their neighbor, whose home was burglarized earlier this week.

"With them taking his property at our house, we were not about to let it go so we were not stopping until these people were caught," said Tracie Record.

Police say every incident is different, but generally they say not to sacrifice your own safety or do anything where you feel unsafe.  Meanwhile, Anthony and Andrew Santora both have prior burglary and theft charges and a slew of other criminal charges.

By Jerry Askin
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Police in East Ridge says some helpful citizens -and crime victims- contributed to the arrest of two brothers Tuesday night.

Police received a call from a juvenile on Martha Avenue who said she saw two men pull into the yard in a truck. She watched as they removed a four-wheeler and a small dirt bike from a barn on the property.

The suspects left the scene with the stolen goods in the truck bed.

The girl called her parents, who happened to be on their way back home - and actually saw the truck leaving the scene.

They followed the suspects in their own vehicle without confronting them and called police to provide real time updates as to the suspects' location.

East Ridge Police caught up to the suspects at the intersection of Market Street and 20th Street in Chattanooga. They tried to pull the truck over, but the two men got out and tried to run away. They didn't get far.

27-year-old Andrew Santora and his 25-year-old brother Anthony Santora are both charged with burglary and theft over $500.

Anthony Santora was also charged with Driving on Revoked License.

They are scheduled to appear in East Ridge Court a week from next Tuesday.Victims and Citizens Help Police Catch Suspected Crooks

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