NAPLES, Fla -- A marine patrol police officer is being praised by some Naples homeowners after the officer says he and the homeowner worked together to catch a thief in the act.
It was the quick thinking of a Naples man along with instant response by a marine officer that stopped a burglary in progress and sent the bad guy to jail.
"The dispatcher tells me that Officer Perry has him spotted and he's tying up to the dock," said Edward Taylor, homeowner.
It was anything but an ordinary day for Officer Perry and and Naples homeowner Edward Taylor.
"He made the greatest witness you could ask for," said Perry.
Perry and his partner were patrolling the waters of Naples Nay and were dispatched to a call of a burglary in progress.
"I could hear the guy breaking on the windows, doors," said Taylor.
A man was trying to break in so Taylor hid in the bathroom while on the phone with police dispatch and Perry was on the way via boat.
"I don't have any traffic lights or any street signs that would slow me down or any other traffic. It was one minute or under a minute of response time," said Perry.
Perry caught the brazen burglar in the act.
"Its an adrenaline rush. Probably something you get to do once in your career," said Perry.
"A second went by and then he's got him in handcuffs and my hero came," said Taylor.
Taylor said he was raised to respect law enforcement. It's why a sign that read 'Thank you Officer Perry. God Bless' sat on the dock that Perry patrols everyday.
"He gets very little thanks from people around here," Taylor.
"Good feeling when you catch somebody in the act and you see the appreciation from the homeowner," said Perry.
Perry said it was a combined effort with everyone involved.
"Great team work between the witness/victim of the situation, communication and the police department. To be able to catch somebody in the act is a great joy. kind of what we signed up to do and what we've been trained to do," said Perry.
In addition to receiving praise and thanks from the homeowners recently, perry received his five year service award Wednesday morning, recognizing his service to the community.