Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Man Thwarts Robbers by Stealing Their Car...BUT...

Robbers break into man's home in Bellvue, Washington.

He hears them upstairs, from his basement, and escapes out the door.

Robbers already have his flatscreen tv, wife's jewelry box, and other items staged on the front porch to load in the car.

He sees their minivan, left running for a quick getaway, jumps in and drives to safety while thwarting their efforts.

While driving away he calls 9-1-1 and the operator, after laughing when he tells her, seriously advises him to stop driving their car as he could be charged with theft.

Here are the only options:

a. The 9-1-1 operator is desperately misinformed
b. The law that would make this true was written by someone smoking crack - regularly.
c. The operator is a complete idiot.

Under what circumstances do you find yourself successfully fleeing from perpetrators, saving your own life, foiling a crime-in-progress, and leading the police right to the vehicle used in said crime, yet find yourself on the wrong side of the law? Should he have returned the car to the thieves, apologized, and tied himself up? Maybe for good measure he could have helped them load the car and then beat himself about the head and neck so they wouldn't be injured if THEY did it.

If you should find yourself on the wrong end of a gun, do not try to disarm the bad guy or fight for yourself. That gun beLONGS to him, after all. You don't want to be charged with theft or battery.

This has to be one for the You've GOT to be KIDDING! files. Watch the video here

More bears later today!


  1. This is LUDICROUS!
    If he had flattened their tires or poured sugar in their gas tank to keep them from getting away,could he have been charged with causing "willful damage"???
    Maybe he should have just turned the car off, locked the doors and taken their keys and then called the cops. Or maybe he should have just asked them "nicely" to return their loot!

    The laws are all in favor of the crooks!!!!!

  2. It is ludicrous, but I am not surprosed, the laws do deem to favor the CROOKS!!!!!

  3. You said it best.... You've GOT to be Kidding!?!
    Would have been funny if he took the keys and let them argue about who lost them.

  4. Kels and I laughed over that this am! Unbelievable!

  5. Yeah, stuff like this drives me NUTS! I'll never forget the story of the guy who caught someone stealing his car, so he efficiently and calmly grabbed him and held him until the police arrived. He was never anything but polite to the crook...(which is way better than I would have been!) and after the fact he got tacked with several lawsuits saying that he called the guy names, racial slurs, etc. He ended up paying thousands of dollars in fees and lawsuit rewards for it. Amazing.

  6. Thank you for bringing this to my attention. If I encounter such a problem myself I will be sure What should I do? Maybe hide under the bed and let them have whatever they want? I'm afraid I would have been charged with car theift too.

  7. That is unbelievable!! But then the Hubster said, what he should have done is run off with their keys!

  8. That is so funny and probably so true!!! I'd take my chances and just keep driving!

  9. Uh..that anonymous was me! I hit the wrong button.

  10. This is truly a serious issue, Robynn. We went through a 'scenario' about 10 yrs ago with a neighbor. We were told by our Sheriff, not even a deputy, but the head elected guy...we need to leave the premises next time the neighbor trespasses!!! THEY have more rights than the owners!!
    We did, the perpetrator 'entered' again, took us to court and we LOST!! Despite our witnesses!!
    (think he had the County bought off!)
    This is part of our countries problem!!!

  11. You said it: You HAVE GOT to be kidding me!

  12. Ha! I saw the headline, but hadn't read the article. Thanks for posting the story.

  13. I am wondering where the wife was when all of this was going on? Did the husband leave her behind?

  14. Truth always seems to be stranger than fiction!!!