Duo arrested in burglaries after being caught in act by homeowner, Volusia cops say
Cops: Burglar punched homeowner in face, chased by neighbor
DeLAND, Fla. – Volusia County deputies have arrested a duo they say teamed up to burglarize DeLand homes before they were caught in the act by a homeowner on Thursday afternoon.
Tobias Cobb, 35, and Kimberly Jarrell, 38, were arrested after deputies say Jarrell would knock on doors to check if potential burglary victims were home and if no one was home, Cobb would burglarize the house.
Deputies said Margaret Gulla, a former weightlifter, came home to her house on Princeton Road to find Cobb in a bedroom of her house.
"You are in my mother and dad's house and it ain't happening," said Gulla.
When Gulla tried to call for help, Cobb smacked her phone out of her hand and punched her in the face, according to the report.
"He hit me, so I socked him in his eye and he was trying to get away and I had him by his shirt and I wouldn't let go. I tried to drag him to get to the phone," said Gulla.
A neighbor chased Cobb to a plaza on South Woodland Boulevard and flagged down a deputy.
Deputies said Cobb surrendered after a deputy tracked him to a closet and said "You can come out of the closet or you can be bit by my dog."
Deputies found a hammer, rubber gloves and the victim's family's jewelry in his backpack, according to a release.
Cobb was charged with burglary with assault/battery, burglary of an occupied structure, grand theft, depriving the use of 911, resisting an officer without violence, possession of burglary tools and criminal mischief.
Jarrell was arrested on a principal to burglary charge after the neighbor spotted her walking with Cobb just before the burglary.
They were both booked into Volusia County jail.
"Just don't come back to my house again, because the next time you'll get shot," said Gulla.
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