Hard on the heels of my recent post about homeowners confronting burglars, two more related stories hit the web. From Tennessee comes a report of an incident where a burglar shot at (and fortunately missed) a homeowner who caught the burglar in the act. In the other story, a North Carolina homeowner confronted the burglar before calling the police – and was run over by the burglar. Please read these reports and consider the risks to you and your family when you encounter an intruder in your home. Clearly these criminals are dangerous – and they may well be armed.
Detectives at the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office were still searching Tuesday for one of three suspects involved in a late Monday home burglary turned aggravated robbery on Cranor Road. Homeowners Michael Harris and Sally Michello arrived home and surprised three intruders who had broken into their home just before midnight. One of the intruders responded by shooting at Harris and Michello, striking the door frame of their vehicle with at least one round.
Close Call – and a Near Miss
The bullet struck the door frame of the car… this was nearly a homicide. In this situation, it’s possible that the homeowners could not have detected the intruders were there until too late: that is, unless there was a monitored alarm system to sound the alarm and summon the police as soon the burglars broke in.
Deputy Pat Garrett stopped a vehicle whose driver was believed to be one of the intruders. A second intruder was apprehended when Lt. Kenneth Barrett and his K-9, Becky, responded to the scene. Detectives are focusing on the apprehension of the third suspect who was accused of shooting at the victims, Acton said. “This is a serious situation in that you have those who were not only breaking into a home but brought a weapon to the event. …,”
Runaway Burglars in North Carolina
A Greenville County (NC) man received a 25-year prison sentence today after he admitted to burglarizing a Campobello home and using his getaway vehicle to run over the property owner. Raymond V. Grubbs, Jr., 42, of Moonville, pleaded guilty to first-degree burglary. The burglary occurred at the home of Ronald Foushee. Foushee arrived home and noticed a red Toyota pick-up truck backed up to his outbuilding and the door of the storage facility was open.
Homeowner’s Big Mistake
Foushee approached the driver and the passenger of the truck and asked what they were doing. One of the men told Foushee they were picking up items they purchased off eBay. Foushee said he had not sold anything on eBay and he noticed miscellaneous tools in the suspicious vehicle. When Foushee reached for his cell phone to call 911, the truck driver cranked his vehicle and ran over the homeowner. Foushee was hospitalized for three weeks while he was treated for a broken pelvis along with other injuries to his back, legs and feet.
Both of these stories are frightening to read, but the second story is a better example of what NOT to do when you confront a burglar – or even someone who might be a burglar – at your home. And of course, the best way to deter a burglar in the first place is with a monitored home alarm system. If the perps are not scared away by the loud siren, then the police will deal with them. More and more homes are choosing peace of mind with a home alarm, and that’s where FrontPoint can help. We’re the #1 ranked home alarm company in the US. When you’re ready for a home alarm that’s safer, smarter, simpler, more affordable, and virtually impossible to defeat, you’re ready for FrontPoint: no hidden fees, the best interactive, wireless home alarm technology at the best price, and world-class service. And when you even suspect there’s an uninvited guest in your home, please dial 911.