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Mooresville woman chases burglar from home

Posted at 11:52 PM, Dec 11, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-11 23:52:44-05

MOORESVILLE, Ind. -- A Mooresville man says his wife is a hero for chasing after a man accused of burglarizing their home.

Elizabeth Cluff says she didn't need to read all the clues that a burglar had broken into her home.

"I was like, 'Oh no you didn't,' and, 'You know you messed with the wrong person, because I'm coming after ya,'" Cluff said.

Cluff followed the thief as he tried to get away, at times testing the limits of the family van. During the pursuit she called 911, giving police a license plate number and turn-by-turn directions to the man, who apparently messed with the wrong mom.

"He got caught because of her," David Cluff said. "I've been married to her almost 14 years and I'm still discovering fun things about her."

Ten minutes after the chase began, police caught up to the suspect – 30-year-old Joshua Ellis.

The chase ended in Indianapolis when Ellis jumped from his moving vehicle and was run over by it, injuring his leg.

Ellis was taken to the hospital for treatment. Cluff said she's taken aback by her own decision making.

"Afterwards, when it was all done with, I was like, wow, you know," she said.

Morgan County Sheriff's officials say it can be helpful if you or anyone in the public can follow a suspect like Cluff did, as long as you can relay information without jeopardizing your safety.

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