BELLEVIEW, FL — A would-be burglar was confronted and apprehended after a woman was brave enough to defend her sister and her sister’s home armed with a camera and a firearm.
Between the two women, the thug never stood a chance.
As Villages-News reports:
Christopher A. Stone, 42, was charged with burglary of an occupied dwelling and larceny. He was booked into Marion County Jail and held on a $12,000 bond.
According to the report, the female homeowner saw that a window was broken when she arrived at her home in the 3400 block of SE 115th Street in Belleview. She called her sister, who arrived with a firearm for protection, the report states. The women then ordered Stone to come out of the house and took photos of him, the report says. Stone told the women that he had chased someone into the house who had stolen his dirt bike, then grabbed his bookbag and ran into a nearby woods.
A short time later, a sheriff’s K-9 dog apprehended Stone, who then told deputies that he was angry at another man who shot at him. He said he changed into camouflage clothing so that he wouldn’t be detected while pursuing the man, the report says. Stone told deputies that he chased the man into the laundry room of the Belleview home before the man broke a window and left the house. That’s when he heard the homeowner and her sister talking and came out of the home, he told deputies.
Stone also told deputies that a brooch valued at $10 that was found in his pocket “must have fallen in when he was climbing over the victim’s property inside the laundry room.”
Multiple jewelry items valued at $1,000 also were found inside a pillowcase in the home after Stone ran into the woods, the report says.
Thank God for family that looks out for in the worst of times.
Hopefully this event will serve as a lesson to the homeowner — a firearm is a worthwhile investment, and if you own one in the house it doesn’t do you nearly as much good as one carried on your person, responsibly-armed and permitted.
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