News and Tribune

April 4, 2013

Jeffersonville police make home burglary arrest

Officers use threat of K-9 to extract offender from home

By GARY POPP
gary.popp@newsandtribune.com

JEFFERSONVILLE — A man was arrested Wednesday night after he was found in the act of burglarizing a home in a Jeffersonville apartment complex, police reported.

Timothy A. Cunningham, 35, of 426 Viking Place, was found in an unoccupied apartment in Viking Village, an apartment community he also resides in and located across from Bridgepoint Elementary School, Jeffersonville Police Detective Todd Hollis said.

Hollis said JPD received a call from Clarksville police officers who were in the area about 10:30 p.m. and saw Cunningham acting suspiciously. CPD remained in the area while Jeffersonville police arrived and later assisted in the arrest.

When JPD responded to the scene, Cunningham had made his way into the apartment.

“Our officers surrounded the apartment, knocked on the door and announced their presence,” Hollis said.

He said no response came from inside the home.

A K-9 unit was then brought to the door, Hollis said, and police again yelled into the home and said the dog would be released into the home if the subject did not exit of his own will. Cunningham then showed himself to police without incident. 

He was taken into police custody and preliminarily charged with burglary, a class B felony.

After being taken into custody, Cunningham admitted to officers that he was in the home to commit a burglary, Hollis said.

He said Cunningham entered the home without using force, but couldn’t say at the time if Cunningham knew the residents of the apartment he entered. 

He said it is possible Cunningham knew the residents only well enough to know when they were away from the home.

Hollis said Cunningham’s arrest is just one example of JPD officers working to keep all parties safe and unharmed during their police duties.

“We are always happy to see that our officers are safe and a suspect surrender without incident,” Hollis said. “We would have had to have used an appropriate amount of force. When that can be avoided it’s better for everybody involved.”