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69-Year-Old Homeowner Shot Trying to Stop Burglary

Posted April 21, 2008 7:57 p.m. EDT
Updated April 21, 2008 8:55 p.m. EDT

— 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.