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Homeowner ready with shotgun when burglars strike for third time in as many days.

Discussion in 'Channel Zero' started by Poop Man Bob, Oct 13, 2002.

  1. Poop Man Bob

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    Homeowner ready with shotgun when burglars strike for third time in as many days.

    Discussion started by Poop Man Bob - Oct 13, 2002

    http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/story.hts/front/1614320

    Homeowner has surprise for burglars
    Intruders ambushed on third visit


    By PEGGY O'HARE
    Copyright 2002 Houston Chronicle

    Bernard Schwin was sick of being a victim.

    And on the third day, he grabbed his gun.

    Since Wednesday, the burglars had nearly cleaned out his northeast Houston home. They stole jewelry, electronics, even deodorant and cologne. They climbed into his bed. They used his toilet. They helped themselves to soft drinks from his refrigerator.

    Still, they kept coming back. Now, Schwin was going to set some boundaries. So he sat in the dark of his bedroom, cradling his shotgun and holding the phone. Just waiting.

    By the time the burglars returned Friday morning and kicked in his door, Schwin was ready.

    The intruders -- who had the audacity to park in his driveway -- were more than surprised. They were scared.

    Schwin, 55, chased them outside and stuck a gun in one man's face, forcing him to abandon his vehicle and leave it rolling backward down the driveway with no one at the wheel. By the time it was over, Schwin had fired a shot at the man, who was later caught and arrested.

    Schwin missed. But he made his point.

    "I've had enough," he said.

    Schwin has owned the home in the 3900 block of Fulton for about 20 years and had never been burglarized there -- before this week, that is.

    After the first break-in occurred Wednesday, Schwin and his girlfriend came home to find valuables missing, their bed messed up and their toilet unflushed. The burglars had changed clothes, putting on brand new Houston Texans paraphernalia belonging to Schwin's girlfriend and leaving their dirty laundry behind. They were also thirsty; an empty soda can sat on the counter.

    "We just thought it was vagrants and quick bucks at a pawn shop," said Schwin's girlfriend, Carol Langley, 47.

    Schwin dutifully drove Langley to work the next morning, then went to Home Depot to buy a new lock for his door. By the time he returned, the intruders had struck again.

    Undeterred, Schwin bought plywood and two more locks for the door, determined to transform his home into a veritable fortress.

    He stayed home Friday morning, certain the intruders were watching the house. When Langley left for work, she saw some suspicious characters down the street and told Schwin about it. He turned off the lights, grabbed his gun and crouched in the bedroom.

    A half-hour later, his patience was rewarded when the burglars forced their way inside -- and "ran like rabbits" upon seeing Schwin, he said.

    One intruder tore off down the block, but the other made it to his car, where Schwin stuck the shotgun in his face. "He's lucky the safety was on," Schwin growled.

    That intruder bailed from the car and ran, but the vehicle's gears had already been shifted, so the unmanned vehicle rolled back into the street. Schwin gave chase and fired some birdshot at him as he fled. The man was caught down the street after residents there called police and reported him hiding in their back yard.

    Because of the gunfire, nearby Burbank Elementary School was briefly locked down as a precaution, police said.

    The intruder, a 29-year-old New Caney man, was arrested and charged with attempted burglary of a residence. Police said he appeared to be high on cocaine. "It makes you do stupid stuff," said Houston Police Department Sgt. J.R. Chase.

    The burglar's accomplice got away, and a police search of the area turned up nothing.

    Because of the potential dangers, police don't recommend that homeowners confront burglars the way Schwin did. "We'd prefer that nobody gets hurt at all. Better to make sure the place is locked up well," Chase said.

    Schwin took little satisfaction in his victory because he expects that the burglars will soon be back on the street.

    "Somewhere in the judicial system, they're going to get off scot-free to go get somebody else, if not kill somebody," he said.

    "I'm a Yankee, I'm from north Houston," Schwin said to laughs later Friday.

    "I've lived here all my life. We used to leave the door unlocked, go to the store and come back. It's a shame that in society, we've got to live like this. It reminds me of the Old West: 'Put the gun back on your hip, and let's go.' It's a shame we can't be civilized."
     
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    The burglars forgot to flush!
     
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    :rolleyes:
     
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    RAGSOE - Replied Oct 13, 2002

    where i'm from that motha fucka would be dead, fuck a crack head.:mad:
     
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    When - Replied Oct 13, 2002

    if that happened to me they woulda found that fucker
    cold dead in a trashbag with a cucumber up his ass

    ill kill a bitch
     
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