Man tries to stop house burglars

Neighbor fires gun at neighbors' thieves

SAN ANTONIO - A couple of burglary suspects are still on the run after a neighbor who witnessed the crime tried to stop them himself.

It happened on Monday on Purple Mint Street on the city's far West side.

Bexar County sheriff's investigators have home surveillance video of a white and gray Pontiac SUV Aztek that was pictured driving away from the victim's house.

A neighbor right next door also saw that SUV when he went home for lunch on that Monday. He saw the two men loading his neighbor's flat-screen television into the Pontiac and said he knew something was wrong.

"As he was watching his neighbors' home, he noticed they were carrying a flat-screen out the house so he yelled out to them," said Det. Louis Antu, with the Bexar County Sheriff's Office. "He said, 'Hey stop! I'm calling the police right now. You need to stop what you're doing!' So they ignored him (and) went back into the house to bring out another flat-screen television."

That's when the neighbor retrieved his handgun from his house to try and stop the two burglars himself.

As the Pontiac Aztek took off from the residence, Antu said the neighbor fired a couple of shots at it, shooting out the back window.

"We don't want people to usually get involved in something like this," said Antu. "Especially when you are dealing with felons and violence. You want to let the authorities handle that first."

However, Antu said they are glad that neighbor was watching and that another neighbor across the street turned in the video of the suspect vehicle.

At this point, Antu said they don't believe either of the burglars were hit by gunfire, but they're hoping someone will recognize the Pontiac SUV on the video.

If you have any information, you are asked to call the sheriff's office at 335 TIPS or Crime Stoppers at 224-STOP.


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