'Sleeping burglar' also a sex offender

Posted at 11:41 PM, May 31, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-01 07:05:21-04

TULSA - It was October of 2013 in a Walmart parking lot in Wagoner when Kelley Bussell had a run in with Neil Burch she'll never forget.

“I was walking out to my car and started putting my groceries in and this car whips up really close to me and I noticed it was this kid and he kind of had this, you know, odd look on his face like he was lost or something I leaned down and noticed he was masturbating,” Bussell said.

Burch was 17 when he was charged with indecent exposure and sexual battery. Bussell was one of two women who testified against Burch during his trial.

“I was just thinking I wonder how he is doing, I wonder if he's out of jail and then there he was on the internet and I was like there he is,” Bussell said.

Burch’s most recent run in with police happened Tuesday when officers say a woman checking on her mom’s house found the it ransacked and discovered Burch sleeping in a closet. Police arrested him then took him to the hospital for a possible drug overdose on stolen prescription pills.

“Right before we were fixing to put him in the car he broke and ran and slipped one of his handcuffs I chased him down caught him in the parking lot, tackled him. There was a struggle for little while, while he was trying to kick and get away from us but we were able to put him back into handcuffs,” said Tulsa police officer Chris Elliot.

Officer Elliot has advice for victims of similar crimes.

"If they feel somebody has been in their home is to stop the investigation quit looking on their own, get out of the house ... dial 911," Elliot said. 

Bussell also has advice for women.

"Just be aware of your surroundings it’s a scary world we live in now," she said. 

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