CREEK COUNTY, Oklahoma - Two retired police officers leapt back into action when they say they caught three people trying to steal copper from a neighbor's property.

It happened in the rural town of Slick, where there's not always a high police presence. But fortunately, living out there is one man who worked as a police officer for 26 years before retiring, and another who spent eight years on patrol.

Both agree, old habits die hard, especially when it come to protecting friends and family

Dan and Carol Jones are enjoying retirement in Oklahoma's countryside, but spend a lot of time keeping an eye out for their community.

"Usually, if they're on one of these roads, they belong there or they're up to no good," Dan said.

The couple says they got a call about strange car sitting in front of an abandoned house down the road, around 10 o'clock Tuesday morning.

So, Dan and Carol went to check it out.

Right away Dan said he found one guy in the ditch pretending to be asleep.

"The first thing that come to my mind was, I didn't bring my gun or my handcuffs," he said.

That's when Dan's stepson, Randy Wood, showed up.

Between the two of them, they have more than three decades of police experience.

"When I pull up, my stepdad is in a wrestling match with a guy and they're all yelling for help," Randy said.

"We just put him on the ground, me and Randy, and handcuffed him," Dan said.

They found a second person, this time a woman, hiding in some brush near the house.

"We only had one set of handcuffs, so we tied her hands together behind her back and had my mom hold her," Randy said.

Carol, just as fearless and her husband and son, took that as an opportunity to give the woman some motherly advice.

"I said, 'What were you doing down here?' And she said, 'Well, I didn't know it was anybody's house,'" Carol said. "I said, 'Was it yours?' She said, 'No,' and I said, 'Well, then, you had no business being in there, ya know, if it's not yours, leave it alone and stay away from it.'"

But, there was still a third suspect on the run, and seven hours later, Dan and Carol got call saying that man had been spotted in a field nearby.

"This time I thought to get my gun and handcuffs and found him," Dan said.

"Then Dan got him cuffed and we stood out in the road and waited again for the sheriff's office come to take him," said Carol.

All three suspects are still in jail, accused of second-degree burglary. Ironically, Randy is now a bail bondsman, and he says he won't be bonding the three suspects out of jail.