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DALTON, Ga. -

A recent morning jog turned into a crime-fighting opportunity for Dalton Police Chief Jason Parker.  While he was out for a pre-turkey run on Thanksgiving morning, he nabbed a burglary suspect, who couldn't outrun the chief.  

Chief Parker says he's an avid jogger, and he credits his physical conditioning with helping him get the job done.  He says he noticed the man cutting across a yard, and putting down some items outside a work shed.  He could see the suspect, but the suspect couldn't see him.  

He says when the man emerged with more items, he asked a couple who was walking by to call 911.  Then, Chief Parker confronted the alleged burglar, who took off on foot, throwing what he was carrying along the way.  

Chief Parker bolted after the man, who scaled one fence but couldn't get over the second one.   He says his athletic ability helped him keep the suspect in sight, and eventually catch up to him.

According to the police report, Chief Parker used a golf club as a police baton to help subdue the suspect, 48-year-old Thomas Green.   A couple of squad cars arrived a short time later to take Green to jail.  Then, Chief Parker says he finished his morning jog.

Chief Parker, who is the same age as the suspect, takes it all in stride.  He said any of his officers would have done the same thing. 

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