Homeowner encounters burglar in residence, suspect apprehended


Abraham Mahshie – Contributing Writer

“Leave. Get out of the house,” were the words Brandon Morris, 30, shouted to a 5’10” to 6’1” male with mid to long brownish blonde hair, wearing a hood and tan cargo pants inside his home on Falcon Drive in Franklin Friday evening.

The front door was open when Morris approached his home, according to a Macon County Sheriff’s Office investigation report.

The subject fled out the open front door, but the encounter posed real danger.

“The best thing to do is to put as much distance between you and that suspect,” Sheriff Robert Holland advised any homeowner who might find themselves in such a situation. “A lot of times these individuals are high on drugs.”

Upon initial inspection of the home, Morris did not find anything missing, then he found a red hyper tough light and a box cutter, a potentially dangerous weapon for a threatened burglar.

“The reality of it is people are not breaking into your house because they want to get money to pay their power bill or pay their rent,” said Holland. “They’re trying to feed their habit and they are desperate.”

Joseph Michael Cyphers, 28, of Franklin was arrested by MCSO later that night when officers found him near a pick-up truck he had stolen and ran off the road after fleeing the home.

“When you’re dealing with a desperate individual, the best thing to do is put as much distance between you and the individual and immediately call 911,” Holland said. “The homeowner immediately called and allowed law enforcement to do their job.”