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Alleged burglar dies after homeowner ties him to tree using masking tape

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Alleged burglar dies after homeowner ties him to tree using masking tape

An alleged burglar is dead after a homeowner, who had grown tired of all the burglaries in his Leroy, Alabama, neighborhood, tied him to a tree using "multiple layers of masking tape." 

Nathanial Johnson, 68, decided to take matters into his own hands and set up a trap, Washington County Sheriff Richard Stringer told Fox affiliate WALA-TV.

Johnson parked his vehicle at a neighbor's house and went home to wait for the burglar, according to AL.com. 

Johnson turned off his lights, locked his doors and positioned a car mirror near the window by the back door so he could see what was happening outside. 

Then, around 10 p.m. Johnson heard someone knock and when he didn't answer, the person broke the lock on the backdoor. 

Johnson chased the burglar, later identified as 31-year-old Cleveland Jones Gully, out the door and tied

According to Stringer, Johnson chased the burglar, later identified as 31-year-old Cleveland Jones Gully, out the door and tied his hands behind his back. 

Stringer said Johnson then placed duct tape on Gully's mouth and tied him to a tree using electrical wire, rope, a clothesline and masking tape. Stringer then went back to his neighbor's house to call police.

By the time deputies arrived on the scene, Gully was already dead. 

"I don't think he was intending to kill the intruder," Stringer told WALA. "I think he wanted to capture him and have him arrested."

Stringer added that Gully had a reputation for breaking into homes around the neighborhood. 

An autopsy will be performed to determine Gully's cause of death. 

So far, no criminal charges have been filed against Johnson. 

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