I confronted a Burglar Outside My Apt this Morning.

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    Jan 28, 2010 3:01 PM GMT
    Picture It. Midtown Atlanta 5:15am.

    I'm leaving my apartment get out side and I noticed that someone is leaning in the rear passenger window of my neighbor's and friend car to my shock and horror. It's not my neighbor.

    Upon this sick discovery I call out "Hey what are you doing that's not YOUR CAR! I know who car that is and it's YOURS.

    The Crook aburptly spins arounds and says " I was looking for a warm place to sleep. The car had been burlarized before and the back window was shattered that how they gained entry into the car, the neighbor it had not been replaced yet.

    Well anyways, the burglar was motioning towards me and I came to the realization that the only means of protection that I had was my wits, my cell phone and my childhood martial arts training which is not match against a hand gun. I took a defensive stance and the burglar went off running down the street.

    I was so shaken by the experience that it took four attempts for me to complete the 911 call and I had to call amutal friend to alert my neighbor as to what just happened.

    The authorities arrive and give replay the drama again. They said it was not much they can unless the victim files a report. I continued my quest to the gym and by then I really needed to work out. Whew.

    Two things stood out to me one that I'm awfully lucky that nothing happended to me during this confrontation. Because a man is in critical condition from being shoot when he confronted a cra-jacker yesterday.
    Thank you mom myy guardian ANGEL in heaven.

    The other thing is I spoke to our mutal friend that called the neighbor and he told me that he left him a message and my number. I have not head from the neighbor yet no thanks or what ever. I know get got the message because when I returned from the gym he car was gone.

    I already know how I'm going to handle the situatioon when I see him again and trust I will see him again because the other friend and I are verry good friends and I also see him at the gym.

    What would you do if you confronted a burglar?

  • drypin

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    Jan 28, 2010 3:21 PM GMT
    Wow! Well done! The world needs more neighbors like you. icon_biggrin.gif

    I have some ideas of how I'd repay you if I were your neighbor.
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    Jan 28, 2010 3:27 PM GMT
    My instincts just took over. I was half asleep at first but woke up with a quickness when I realized what was happening. I did not do anything that no one else would have done in my position. What are your ideas...icon_wink.gif
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    Jan 28, 2010 3:41 PM GMT
    Oh, that's scary right there. The closest I've come is when I left my digital camera in the glovebox of my friend's car. On the way back to the carpark I see some guy closing my friend's passenger seat door and I say "wtf". The guy starts running and I run up the stairs after him. Out the car park and he's half way down the street with my dam camera!!

    You actually managed to stop the thief. Good job!
  • MercuryMax

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    Jan 28, 2010 3:42 PM GMT
    Funny Story:

    I was still in the AF. Decided to go on Leave, home in louisiana. Sister, two of her friends and myself went drinking. Upon trying to leave the bar....

    The two friends got in their car. Sister got in mine. I was getting into the driver seat.....then...

    a large fat black man approached me as i was getting in. He held the door from closing then said....

    "Gimme all your money"

    I was stunned for a few milliseconds, then realized I need to react and buy more time...so I said...

    "Uh, what?"

    He repeated..."Gimme all your money.."

    I decided to just play dumb and said....

    "ooooh.....no thanks, man. Not tonight. I appreciate the offer, though."

    Then I grabbed the door and closed it. The man walked back to his explorer and drove off. My sister cried and ran into the bar. I laughed.



    Oh yea, if he was hot enough, i woulda just been like "get in, imma take u on a date." But he def wasn't cute at all.
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    Jan 28, 2010 3:48 PM GMT
    Holy crap! That's brave. That guy could have put your lights out. I sure hope that neighbour thanks you on bended knee.

    When I was 22 I had a basement apartment and one night someone tried to break in through the bedroom window. lol, I leapt up out of bed and roared loud enough to rattle windows. Somehow a naked 22 year old shouting, "If you come in here I'll KILL you, KILL you, KILL you" louder and louder was enough to scare him off.

    lol, I shook for a week.

    -Doug
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    Jan 28, 2010 3:55 PM GMT
    Doug,

    You're right after he had run off I was phyiscally shaking it took for attempts to dail 911 on my cell phone as the reality of the situation started to sink in.
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    Jan 28, 2010 3:58 PM GMT
    If he's hot....Grab his balls... and see what goes on from there.
    If he's not. Scream like if RuPaul had just seen a vagina and was forced to touch it.
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    Jan 28, 2010 4:01 PM GMT
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    Jan 28, 2010 4:01 PM GMT
    guess I'm still a bit shaken up! Spelling went out the window. "four"! icon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gif
  • HndsmKansan

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    Jan 28, 2010 4:02 PM GMT
    Sorry you had such a difficult time this morning. Sounds like you handled it the way many would. Congrats for keeping your wits, I think most would have been stunned and a bit shaken up.

    Never have confronted a situation like this. I would hope I would react reasonably in a well thought way and call 911 quickly enough to apprehend the crook.

    I hope you have a restful remainder of the day!

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    Jan 28, 2010 4:06 PM GMT
    after a few days in my new apartment complex, and being totally convinced that one of my neighbors is a drug dealer, I found it necessary to get something for home defense.


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    I hope I never have to use it on a person, but I'm not risking my life or anyone else's because I was ill prepared.
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    Jan 28, 2010 4:07 PM GMT
    *hug*

    There should be more people like you. Most of the people I know would just ignore the situation and move on.
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    Jan 28, 2010 4:19 PM GMT
    Ducky46 saidMy instincts just took over. I was half asleep at first but woke up with a quickness when I realized what was happening. I did not do anything that no one else would have done in my position. What are your ideas...icon_wink.gif

    I think you performed admirably. I previously wrote here about an incident in our parking lot in 2008, around 10 PM as we arrived home. Walking from our car, we saw 2 guys on bicycles, that we knew didn't live in our condo complex, but assumed they may have turned off the road, thinking they could ride through the property to the next neighborhood, though you cannot.

    Suddenly they turned around, and as one of them passed my partner he punched him, knocking him down. We later speculated it was to prevent them from being recognized, since he kept pedaling, not stopping to steal anything from us, more likely looking for a ground floor condo or car to break into.

    I leapt at him to strike him with my cane, but he avoided me, and his buddy was already ahead of him, and both made it back to the road and escaped. I was yelling "Police!" as loud as I could the whole time, succeeding in drawing our neighbors to their windows, as well as to frighten these guys off. Witnesses are a deterrent to criminals, and at that moment we didn't know if there were more of them in the parking lot we hadn't yet seen.

    I phoned 911 on my cell, but the response was a half-hour in arriving, so not surprisingly they were never caught. My partner was OK, a little bruised in the face but nothing worse. He was quite shook up, though, while my own pulse hardly changed. Whether because of my US Army career, or something (un)natural in me, I am cold as ice in an emergency, always in charge of my emotions and how I respond.

    So I admire your own response. If I encountered a burglar like that I would try to determine to what degree he was armed, and react accordingly. A guy with a gun has the upper hand, and you flee.

    But if he is totally unarmed I can likely kill him with my bare hands, or mess him up so badly he will never be able to commit a crime again. And I'm so well trained I'll do it without even thinking, reflexively in a second, as I've also related here in another story. In today's world, I recommend self-defense training to everyone.
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    Jan 28, 2010 4:28 PM GMT
    Hey Funk,

    You gotta do what you feel is right to protect yourself. I don't think I could ever own a weapon, even after this event. I'm just very thankful that I did not get hurt very thankful. I would do it again this time I would have my cell phone handy instaed of having to fish through my gym bag for it, that's the only thing that I would do diffrent is that I would have cell phone in hand and got it on film for publication...lol. My humor is returning almost 6 hours later.icon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gif
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    Jan 28, 2010 4:32 PM GMT
    Kudos to your for being a good neighbor.

    The shaking is most understandable. I've been almost mugged twice while walking home from work at night...the first time I just flipped out with nerves; the second time I confronted the guy when he got too close and I was lucky that getting loud scared him off.

    And what's up with the increased crime in Midtown ATL? I heard some locals talking about that when I was visiting there over the holidays?
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    Jan 28, 2010 4:33 PM GMT
    Good for you Red.

    I have a little training as well from childhood. I really didn't have time to think and b/c I personally knew the victim and I was just PISSED! I won't tell my family in Los Angeles because they would be very angry for me taking such a chance. They already don't like me living in the south all alone as it is they made that very claer when I was home for holidays.icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jan 28, 2010 4:36 PM GMT
    Run,

    I don't know what's up with that I chose midtown b/c of the low crime rate and it's mostly gay. It's terrible. I was just telling my sister that I feel safer walking the streets in the inner- city of Los Angeles than in my own neighborhood in Atlanta and it's suppose to be one of the better neighborhoods. I refuse to be held captive in my own home.icon_evil.gificon_twisted.gificon_twisted.gif
  • coolarmydude

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    Jan 28, 2010 4:44 PM GMT
    In many cases, burglars strike twice or more in the same place or area due to the crime being a crime of opportunity.

    Last year I noticed someone picking up a lawnmower across the street at my neighbor's house. I didn't know if the lawnmower was set to the road for trash pick-up, so I took photos of the action, just in case if it was an actual theft. It turns out that they were throwing it away.

    I think most neighbors would do what you do. That's good of you for sticking up for your neighbor.
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    Jan 28, 2010 4:46 PM GMT
    Funkapottomous saidafter a few days in my new apartment complex, and being totally convinced that one of my neighbors is a drug dealer, I found it necessary to get something for home defense.


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    I hope I never have to use it on a person, but I'm not risking my life or anyone else's because I was ill prepared.



    I don't know how familiar you are with handguns, but it would be wise if you took some target practice and familiarization training if you aren't familiar with firing a handgun. Practice makes perfect.
  • mynyun

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    Jan 28, 2010 4:58 PM GMT

    This is an interesting post because upon my arrival from work this morning I was welcomed to a handful of police cars and the neighbors on the porch of my roomates house. I shortly found out that there hand been many reported break-ins of cars and the neighbors across the street were the latest victims. But what the suspect didn't bother to pay attention to is my roomie was on the porch smoking a cig and watching the WHOLE thing. So he was shortly on the phone with 911 pretty much giving a step by step play of all of it.
    To make matters worse, for the suspect, he apparently called a friend or cohort and he was arrested too.!
    So last night my roomies face book page read something like Gladis Kravitz is on the case. icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Jan 28, 2010 5:01 PM GMT
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    Jan 28, 2010 5:13 PM GMT
    Guys - think carefully before approaching a burglar. You never know if he has a gun or what drug he is on - - or how desperate he is not to get caught. Most of my friends know of my story about being shot through the chest by a burglar who robbed my own house when I was 17. The jerk was high on PCP and brought a gun to the job. I'm damn lucky the bullet missed my heart and other vital organs...........or I'd have died that night over thirty years ago.........and for what? Some cameras, tape recorders, jewelry, artwork? A life is more important. Just be cautious. Some of these bastards are insane.
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    Jan 28, 2010 5:13 PM GMT
    Good for him he was at a safe distance. This was like in my face it was the first thing that I saw as I was exiting my apt building @ 5:20am. Good that they were apprehended...sorry I was not going to give chace... May be the adventurer type but I'm not stupid.icon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gif
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    Jan 28, 2010 5:22 PM GMT
    Sage advice Jock.

    But as I said I stumble upon this and since I know the person personally I felt compelled to act, my instincts just kicked in and this was the second type his car was being robbed. Make no mistake I know how lucky I am that I was not shot. Which was one of the reasons why I was shaking like a cold Chihuahua. Trust I do not relish every going through that again. I'm glad that you survived your injuries. Thank Heavens for that. I'm not braging about this it was a frightful experience. I'm always compelled to do the right thing and the right thing to do at the time was to act.

    I loss a parent to senseless act of violence was orphaned as a result so I get it.