TEMPLE — A man who may have been trying to burglarize homes and vehicles in a west Temple neighborhood picked the wrong one to burglarize because a Bell County constable lives there.

“And now one more gun and one more bad guy is off the streets,” Bell County Constable Thomas Prado said Friday morning.

A 32-year-old Lampasas man was arrested and charged with unlawfully carrying a weapon, a class A misdemeanor. He remained in Bell County Jail on Friday.

Prado said he got a phone call from his neighbor at 3:19 a.m. Friday saying his vehicle alarm went off.

The neighbor went outside with his gun to investigate and saw a man standing in his neighbor’s backyard.

The neighbor confronted the man, who ran to a retirement center behind the house. The neighbor’s wife called 911 while her husband was on the phone with Prado.

Prado got into his patrol car and soon found the man hiding at the retirement center between a bush and the building. Prado saw the man drop something by his feet. By this time, a Temple Police Department officer was on scene and helped Prado arrest him.

When Prado went to the bush he found a loaded 9 mm semi-automatic pistol on the ground, he said.

Temple Police told Prado previous burglaries were reported in the area.

“Every person has a right to protect their home and my neighbor did just that,” Prado said.

Prado also advised people to always call 911 if they see something suspicious and to give relevant details to the dispatchers.

“He picked the wrong neighborhood to rob. I have two patrol cars parked outside that are clearly marked. Maybe he needs glasses,” Prado said.

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