Man fights burglar, takes suspect's picture

Burglary suspect (Cumberland County Sheriff's Office)

August 31, 2011 7:53:02 PM PDT
A Fayetteville man is nursing two black eyes, cuts and bruises after fighting a burglar who was hauling away his appliances.

The burglar got away with a washer and a dryer, but not before the victim snapped a picture of him.

"He was a fat guy, but he was pretty fast," victim Shawn Schultz said. "We wrestled a bit. He wanted my stuff, and I was trying to keep him from going."

Schultz says his burglar alarm went off Tuesday morning, so he rushed home. When he arrived at his Camden Road house, he found the suspect dragging his washer and dryer out the back door. Schultz's girlfriend called 911 as he confronted the man.

"Yeah, I was kinda hot," he explained. "Yeah, the only thing I had in my hand was an office stapler and you can't take down a burglar with an office stapler very well."

Schultz says he tried to grab the truck keys to keep the suspect from leaving. The two struggled and after the suspect knocked him to the ground and kicked him several times, he took off.

The suspect sped off and because his tailgate was down, Schultz didn't get a good look at his license plate. He says it was a red or burgundy colored truck.

According to the sheriff's report, the burglar told Schultz he was collecting scrap metal.

The suspect also told Schultz," he thought the house was abandoned, so that's why he was taking those things," said Debbie Tana, Cumberland County Sheriff's Office.

Tana says there is a crimestoppers reward for the suspect's arrest.

Schultz says he learned a valuable lesson.

"The sheriff's department says don't try to apprehend burglars," he said. "They probably got a point. You ought to resist this stuff to your ability. Maybe I was a little past my ability."

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