Monday, February 16, 2009

Another foiled burglary

Via Boing Boing:

A few weeks ago, we had the burglary that was interrupted by Thor. A few days after that, there was the man who tricked his carjackers into returning his car.

I like this one better.

According to KGW in Seattle, Patrick Rosario was laid off from his job at WaMu recently. So he was at home one afternoon working in his basement when he heard someone knock on the front door upstairs and then break through the door and start rummaging through the house.

He called 911 on his cell phone. While he was waiting for the police to arrive, he grabbed a hammer and went out the back door. He saw the burglar's van parked out front.

He got in the van and drove it away, still on 911 all the time.

According to the KGW report, "The burglars took off on foot, leaving a pile of televisions, a laptop and a jewelry box by the door. A witness who was visiting a home across the street saw them. According to the detectives' report, 'the males looked back ... and appeared startled.'

"'I wish I could have seen the look on their faces,' Rosario told The Seattle Times.

"He said he recognizes it probably wasn't the wisest thing to do, but it nevertheless earned him some high-fives from responding officers.

"'Two pulled up, and they looked over at me and go, "You stole their car — way to go, dude. That's awesome,"' Rosario said. 'Another told me that I just made her month....'

"'We expect responsible adults to make their own decisions,' said King County Sheriff's spokesman Sgt. John Urquhart. 'Clearly, this worked in this case, but in another case it might not have.'"

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