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69-Year-Old Homeowner Shot Trying to Stop Burglary

Posted April 21, 2008

— Police are looking for a man they believe shot a 69-year-old homeowner in the leg while he was trying to prevent a theft.

Randall Todd Greenough, 45, of Morgan Trail, Timberlake in Person County, is wanted for shooting the elderly man at his home in the 4100 block of West Carver Street in Durham on April 13.

The victim told officers his wife heard noises in the yard, and he went out to investigate them around 2:30 a.m. He saw a man stealing items from his shed and tried to stop him.

The burglar – identified by police as Greenough – pushed the victim against a fence and shot him in the leg, police said. The shooter then fled in a dark-colored car.

The victim was treated at Duke University Hospital and has been released.

Greenough faces charges of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, assault on a handicapped person, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, breaking and entering, larceny, discharging a firearm within the city limits, obtaining property by false pretense and possession of stolen property.

Greenough served 14 months in jail on two felony counts of breaking and entering and larceny in Durham County between 2004 and 2005. He had previously been granted probation for convictions on other stolen-goods, drug and motor-vehicle charges dating back to 1998 in Durham.

Anyone with information on Greenough’s whereabouts is asked to call Investigator J.R. Salmon at 919-560-4582, ext. 226 or Crime Stoppers at 919-683-1200. Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards for information leading to arrests in felony cases and callers never have to identify themselves.


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  • TOMMYG Apr 22, 2008

    Tax dollars will feed and care for this low life for a number of years, medical and dental included. Time to make the punishment sufficiently hard and uncomfortable that they won't want to be a repeat offender.

  • beachboater Apr 22, 2008

    Obviously probation doesn't work.

  • jedichick Apr 22, 2008

    That's good to know! Thanks!

  • RonnieR Apr 22, 2008

    Too bad that the shed wasn't closer to the house and been within
    the curtledge, then he coulda been charged with First Degree burglary.

    Jedi..., actually if he had a weapon, he could have killed him
    and it would have been righteous. When a person takes to shooting at someone, the shootee has every right to respond with deadly force. There is NO duty to retreat on your own property, well settled law.

  • needmocash Apr 22, 2008

    I'll bet 100 dollars this homeowner is a liberal who believes that guns should outlawed and doesn't understand when you do that, only outlaws will have guns.

  • PearlMonteverde Apr 22, 2008

    This guy was smart to head south out of Person County.........we don't aim for the leg. We may be teased for our 4X4s & shotguns during deer season but we don't play when it comes to protecting ourselves and our 2nd amendment right.

  • doodad Apr 22, 2008

    I think we should habitate Mars and send them there.

  • jedichick Apr 22, 2008

    And if the guys had stopped the robbery by killing the intruder, HE would have been charged with murder. Never mind the fact he was doing the right thing. This is also a problem with our justice system. The whiners and bleeding-hearts say those who commit the crimes should be treated well, too. ENOUGH, I say!! I feel if you can stop a crime then you should be commended!!!!

  • CestLaVie Apr 22, 2008

    Amen to headstrong for President!! We NEED someone to stand up to this continuing saga of national mess. Who keeps electing these lawyers, alias spokespersons for us, the general population?? Don't we have TWO running for President now?? Maybe I'm mistaken about Obama.

  • horses and me Apr 22, 2008

    I like it... where do I vote?

    Obviously, prison isn't 'rehabilitating' this guy at all.

    We need another level of punishment - something where they don't have weight rooms, good food and television. I'm thinking of an island where they're air-dropped with a backpack of survival gear. Let nature take over, since they obviously don't want to live in society.