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(Hartford Courant)   Man breaks into own car. While on interstate. While it is being stolen.   ( divider line
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9226 clicks; posted to Main » on 27 Feb 2002 at 7:11 AM (15 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2002-02-27 07:13:23 AM  

Someone post follow ups... or not
2002-02-27 07:15:50 AM  
How much you want to bet the criminal thinks twice before stealing someone else's truck?

Too bad the owner didn't have anything heft to beat the guy with.
2002-02-27 07:18:21 AM  
Hand me my wallet.

Which one is it?

It's the one with "bad motherfarker" written on it.
2002-02-27 07:25:49 AM  
2002-02-27 07:26:07 AM  
Too bad the guy's gonna get sued out of existence for providing a hostile workplace.
2002-02-27 07:37:09 AM  
"The victim suffered only a minor cut, police said"

who? the guy that got his truck stolen or the guy that got beat the crap out of? :)
2002-02-27 07:38:04 AM  
I concur that there should indeed be a 'badass' tag.
2002-02-27 08:00:29 AM  
Woo, good use of the hero tag.

Although, I do have to agree that the thief will likely sue the owner of the truck, and thanks to this seriously farked up system we have, will win.
2002-02-27 08:06:10 AM  
This guy is awesome. I only wish I could have seen that.
2002-02-27 08:07:29 AM  

OMG, now THAT is excellent! Someone buy that truck owner a beer!!
2002-02-27 08:07:42 AM  
What kind of a truck is so important that you'd jump in the back of it and beat the driver while he's going down the interstate? I don't think I would ever beat a driver while I'm a passenger -- especially if I'm hanging out the back of the truck. Sorry, I think this calls for the Dumbass tag.
2002-02-27 08:14:31 AM  
Excellent. Finally a well used Hero tag. Although a BADASS MOFO tag would have been better.
2002-02-27 08:21:48 AM  
Haha.. that is very cool.
2002-02-27 08:25:49 AM  
farking Idiot!

He's beating shiat out of the car-thief while said thief is hacking down a motorway!

Lock 'em both up ~ the truck owner on grounds of insanity!
2002-02-27 08:28:24 AM  
One for the good guys.

Sadly though, as suggested above, the thief will probably press charges for assault. Interesting case I saw the other day where a homeowner killed one of four intruders in his home with a samurai sword. Got off on self defence. Made a nice change.
2002-02-27 08:42:29 AM  
Brisvegas - got a link?

Man, can you imagine the carpet clean up bill on that one?
2002-02-27 08:47:15 AM  
We already have a "badass" tag.

Its called
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2002-02-27 08:48:21 AM  
Either the car thief was lucky, or this particular truck didn't have a gun rack installed.
2002-02-27 08:49:52 AM  
No one with a Caddie would even try to get his car, Hero
2002-02-27 08:58:52 AM  
What kind of a truck is so important that you'd jump in the back of it and beat the driver while he's going down the interstate?

The truck that you own. Some people actually feel strongly about others trying to appropriate their personal property.
2002-02-27 09:08:09 AM  
This reminds me of something that happened here in Montreal a year and a half ago. Two shotgun weilding crooks decided to rob a bar in one of the tougher neighborhoods in town. They got more than they bargained for: the bar patrons weren't scared of the guns and actually beat one of the two robbers to death, the other into a coma. Sounds like the place where the truck driver might hang out.
2002-02-27 09:10:05 AM  
Shreen:That kind of attitude is what criminals feed off of. This guy has the right to protect his property and should be commended for having the sack to do it.
2002-02-27 09:36:00 AM  
My fellow Americans, the state of the American Man is better than it ever has been...
2002-02-27 09:55:48 AM  
2002-02-27 10:02:58 AM  
A Man and His Truck are not so easily parted...
Hell yeah!
2002-02-27 10:08:11 AM  
2002-02-27 10:14:38 AM  
Thumbs up to the truck owner. He wins the "Billy Badass" award for the day.
2002-02-27 10:36:38 AM  
I give the guy props but he was probably one of those ignoramous' that leaves the car running while he was in 7-11 getting coffee and some lottery tix. That is stoopid to begin with.
2002-02-27 11:00:07 AM  
Oh,I'm sorry,did you say this was your truck?
Well,let me pull over here and...hey,cut it out..that HURTS.
Shiat,that must have been beautiful.
Wish I was there.

p.s. whatever happened to finger and his "i got a computer"
he was really pissing some of you off
2002-02-27 11:00:17 AM  
Oh,I'm sorry,did you say this was your truck?
Well,let me pull over here and...hey,cut it out..that HURTS.
Shiat,that must have been beautiful.
Wish I was there.

p.s. whatever happened to finger and his "i got a computer"
he was really pissing some of you off
2002-02-27 11:07:52 AM  
Safety first.
2002-02-27 11:38:26 AM  
For all the talk of Walken around here (and he is cool) this is the man we ought to be talking about in reference to something like this...

Now tell me that this guy isn't as cool, if not cooler.
2002-02-27 11:41:17 AM  
OOPS, sorry bad link.
Here, I hope this makes your day !
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2002-02-27 12:08:27 PM  
Hoody-Hoo for people who won't let themselves be victims any more! Sure it wasn't the safest thing in the world, but I'd much rather try and break an arm than add to the statistics in my auto insurance. Car theft is a felony, right? And there isn't much legal defense when someone is trying to prevent the commission of a felony.
2002-02-27 12:15:50 PM  
Rock on. This guy is the son of the cougar fighting old man. I chased some punks off my property (well, one punk) who was sneaking up on my Harley one night. Angry redneck and giant white german sheperd makes people flee quickly. I wish i could have caught him on the property, though, and vented some pent up rage while ventilating his ribcage and skull by hand.
2002-02-27 12:22:59 PM  
This guy may have balls, but he's no hero on several counts...

1. He had no way of knowing if the criminal was armed and it was just luck that he didn't get his head shot off..

2. Beating the criminal while he was driving made that vehicle a deadly weapon - out of control - potentially endangering himself and other innocent people on the roadway.

3. The way the article reads, he apparently left the keys in the truck, which is what caused the situation in the first place.

Baad Mutha? Definately! Hero? Nope.
2002-02-27 12:40:27 PM  
He is most definately a hero. Leaving the keys in your truck with the door open and the engine running does not make it right for someone to steal it.

If theft hadn't been attempted, he wouldn't have had a reason to try and prevent it. It's the thief who took it onto the interstate (no way he didn't know the owner was in the back and after him) and didn't pull over, even though he was about to be severely distracted.

If the criminal had been armed, the owner would still be a hero, for trying. We need to show criminals that they will be beaten and hopefully killed for attempting to commit crimes. I am hoping for a concealed weapon permit myself, so I can deal with criminals in a more painful and permanent fashion.
2002-02-27 01:34:57 PM  
Most definitly a hero! Just re-read the article and didn't see any thing that would lead me to believe that he left the keys in the truck, left the engine running and/or left the door open. Any good auto thief can break into a locked vehicle and get it on the road in under a minute - ask your local auto association, insurance agent or police department. All it takes is a slide hammer to pull the door lock out and then the same for the ignition lock. Then twist the correct ignition wires together and he's gone! Along with what might be a large investment in time and money ... and your only means of transportation to work and shop.

Yes, I can personally attest to the fact that there is a very fine line between being a hero and a dumbass - the hero is the one who doesn't fark up. Had this guy screwed the pooch and wiped himself and the bad guy and possibly a couple of other cars and their occupants then yeah, would have been a "Dumbass".

But he didn't - he kicked ass! Any bets at to whether or not he was a veteran...?

Good on ya' Billybob, good on ya'!
2002-02-27 01:52:58 PM  
And a few comments on carrying concealed weapons....

Here in Texas, we can get permits to carry concealed weapons, but I honestly can't see the reason to get one:
1. Most employers don't allow weapons on the property;
2. The places that are at most risk for holdups (liquor stores, bars, supermarkets, convenience stores, etc.) don't allow concealed weapons.
3. The only time that I've ever been robbed was at a bus stop (and our local Metro doesn't allow weapons) - and when a car pulls up and a guy points a pistol at me and sez that he wants my wallet and my sholder bag, what am I gonna do? I'm rated an expert marksman in every weapon I've ever shot, but "Quick Draw McGraw", I'm not!
2002-02-27 03:09:51 PM  
OldRanger, so you get your CWP and carry but don't tell anyone, which would kind of defeat the purpose of getting one to begin with. After the shooting is over is when you worry about the real legalities of having it. As for getting robbed at the Metro, you give the guy yourallet and then as he turns to drive away, you pull yours and cap the SOB in the back of the head.
2002-02-27 03:38:57 PM  
Wait till they walk away, shoot em in the back. Get the permit so when you shoot some schmuck you don't get a charge for not having the permit. If you have it in a convenience store, and happen to blast-splat a robber, they'll be thanking you, not pissed. And even if they are pissed, what are they going to do? 7-11 might ask you not to return, oh well. If you are concerned about that, just don't bust up the robbery, then you can get slurpies at will.
2002-02-27 03:39:39 PM  
Oh, and I can't wait to get this whole house deal finished so I can post a sign out front "I shoot first and ask questions later"
2002-02-27 05:28:23 PM  
Obviously written by non-Texans. The law here is *harsher* if you have a permit and use the weapon innapropriately... like, say, capping a robber who is not threatening you (as in, is driving away). If you use a pistol when not in direct and immediate danger of losing your life, you are in real trouble.
2002-02-27 06:48:18 PM  
I hope he was using a tire iron.
2002-02-27 08:36:49 PM  
"Swords dont run out of ammo."
2002-02-27 09:29:53 PM  
Whoo Hooo, i grew up in CT, hell yeah this story rules, who cares if we dont have a pro sports team. We're one up now!
2002-02-27 10:57:39 PM  
Reminded me of a Schwartzenegger movie:

(Arh-nold takes a brief stop at 7-11)

Arnold: Yez, thees American "slurpie" will allow me to blend in while I search for the car thieves who tried to murder my wife and run over my dog.

Arnold (turns): Mah cahr!
(rushes out door, leaps on to truck bed, pulse-pounding music plays. Camera obscured by bridge truck passes under. Cut to scene about 5 seconds in the future. Arnold crawling on truck bed while wind blows in his face, revealing his network of wrinkles.)

Car thief (talking on cell phone): Yeah, Dravis, I got da car. I'll be there in a few minutes. That jerk never knew what hit him.

Arnold (behind glass): Noo, he won't.

CT: What the...

(Arnold punches through glass, wrapping a burly arm around CT's neck. Car swerves wildly)

Arnold: You bastard! Nowww you die! (throws CT out of the door somehow.) It's Oh-var! (looks ahead, sees inexplicable oncoming truck) Noo! (leaps off right side of truck, which, as well as the oncoming truck, bursts into flames and explodes. Arnold rolls into ditch but is otherwise unscathed. Looking back, he sees CT fleeing into forest, as police cars pull up. Officer steps out of car, yelling to CT "Halt, police!")

Arnold: Noo, he's mine. Yaargh! (chases CT down after about 15 minutes of running. He knocks him down in a bog, then grabs guy's hair.)

Arnold: Who are you verking for?

CT: Piss off, you crazy SOB!

(Arnold forces guy's face into mud.)

Arnold: Tell me or I keel you!

CT: All right! All right, it's Dravis!

Arnold (forcing CT's face into mud again): Goood. Take a bath, sheetface, you have a sheetty face!

(Police officers finally arrive) Policeman: Both of you, get your hands up!

Arnold: I'm a cop you idiot!
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