Handguns stolen from a vehicle parked at a Lovers Lane residence early Friday morning were found within a few minutes in shrubbery behind the house.
A Times-Enterprise carrier saw someone running across a lawn and notified the homeowner, a newspaper subscriber, then contacted police.
Police officers responded within minutes and quickly found the firearms in shrubbery.
Another vehicle also was entered.
“They were not locked,” said Wade Glover, commander of the Thomasville Police Department Criminal Investigations Division.
In addition to the firearms, loose change was taken from the vehicles.
The newspaper carrier described the person she saw as a tall, thin, black male carrying a bag.
Glover said a car parked on the street near the crime scene was impounded and searched. The owner of the vehicle is being questioned.
“Anytime anyone sees anything suspicious, they should call police,” Glover said, adding that the carrier’s quick response resulted in the handguns being found.
The weapons, he said, could have made their way to the streets had they not been discovered.
Senior reporter Patti Dozier can be reached at (229) 226-2400, ext. 1820.