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Burglar dies after being caught and tied to tree by Alabama homeowner

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LEROY, Ala. -

In Leroy, a rural area in Alabama, a neighborhood thief died after a homeowner tied him to a tree. 

On Friday night, at a secluded trailer, 68-year-old Nathaniel Johnson set out to catch a burglar. The alleged thief, 31-year-old Cleveland Gully broke into Johnson's trailer and deputies say Gully tripped and fell, which allowed Johnson to tie Gully's hands behind his back. Johnson then walked Gully over to a tree and tied him up there.

Police arrived in 10 to 15 minutes and when an officer got to the backyard, Gully was dead. Authorities say Gully had no puncture wounds but may have died from asphyxiation or a heart attack 

Johnson is behind bars for investigative reasons, no charges have been filed. 

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