connectVideoFlorida homeowner has a would-be-thief shot
A man caught a thief trying to break into his garage and held him at gunpoint until the police arrived.
A would-be burglar in Florida had his plans foiled on Saturday after he encountered an armed homeowner, according to officials.
The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office said the incident took place in New Smyrna Beach around 11:15 p.m. when a woman called 911 to report a stranger on her property.
When the woman’s husband went outside to check the situation, he told the deputies he found the man at the door of his garage with his hand on the doorknob.
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“He is on the ground at gun point, ma’ am. He curses at me,” the man told a 911 dispatcher in audio obtained by FOX35. “I’m here with my wife. Please get them here.”
The man held the suspected burglar at gunpoint, while on the phone with 911 until the police arrived.
The man told the suspect, identified as 39-year-old Patrick Edwards, to be on the ground and he complied.
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As soon as deputies got to the house it is south of Daytona Beach, they allegedly found a syringe, tools, and gloves on Edwards.
The 39-year-old told the police that he was lost and looking for a neighbor, according to the report obtained by the television station.
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Edwards was charged with attempted burglary and possession of burglary tools, police said.