ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (WFLA) – Two burglars were stopped in their tracks early Wednesday morning when a mobile homeowner came outside with a gun.
Surveillance video shows a teenager snooping around a home on the 3600 block of 58th Ave. North in St. Petersburg.
He enters a Nissan Altima parked under the carport attached to the home.
The homeowner, Jesse Giles said he was alerted at 12:52 a.m., when his motion sensor light suddenly turned on outside.
“I didn’t know if it was an animal or what it was, so I got on my phone, I logged in and everything and when I saw it, I thought I saw a motion by the car here,” said Giles.
Giles said when he opened the front door, he heard someone yell, “Damien, Damien” from a distance, to alert the burglar.
Giles said that’s when he looked over and noticed someone rummaging in his roommate’s vehicle in his driveway.
“So I came outside and there was a kid over here and he was yelling, and he said, ‘Damien, Damien, Damien.’ And next thing you know, that’s when I drew my gun because the kid was right in the car here,” he said.
“I don’t think he was in the car for more than five seconds, maybe ten. And by the time I came out, I want to say it was within two seconds I probably drew my gun.”
Giles pulled out his handgun and pointed it at the teenage suspect, who got out the car and ran.
“They ran up that way. I followed this way so I could let the police know which way they ran,” Giles said.
Giles drew his weapon for protection but didn’t fire.
He said he’s glad he was alert and ready just in case.
“No one wants to take a life, you know, especially a kid’s life,” said Giles. “It was nothing, but I don’t know if they’re armed. I mean how many times you hear the homeowner got shot because he came out and they were armed.”
The teen and a second suspect were located eight blocks away and were taken into custody.
No items were missing from the vehicle, the arrest report states.
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