Saturday, September 6, 2008

California: Homeowner routs burglars as bullets fly

San Bernadino, California

From the San Bernadino Sun of September 5, 2008
Homeowner routs burglars as bullets fly

A homeowner who was awakened by burglars early Friday chased them away while firing his guns.

Police surrounded the neighborhood in the 12000 block of San Timoteo Canyon Road and caught one of the burglars, but the other escaped, police said.

About 1:30 a.m., the homeowner heard glass breaking in his home, the sound of voices and then saw a man looking through his property. He hid in the bathroom and called 9-1-1.

Redlands police heard a struggle while the man was on the phone. When officers arrived, they discovered the man chased the burglars and fired several rounds from a handgun and shotgun he kept in the residence.

Police said they arrested 42-year-old Timothy Hewitt of San Bernardino after finding him hiding in some nearby bushes. He had property in his possession that he had stolen from the home, police said.

Officers booked him into Central Detention Center in San Bernardino on suspicion of burglary and violating parole.

Anyone with information may call Redlands police dispatch, (909) 798-7681.

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