Wrong House – Georgia Grandmother got her gun, foiled a burglary
A 78 year old Georgia Grandmother foiled a burglary/home invasion at her home in Coweta County by grabbing her gun. And they fled even though one of the men was armed.
“I don’t know why they selected that house, but they picked the wrong one.” Colonel James Yarbrough, Coweta County Sheriff’s Office
Yes, the three suspects picked the wrong house. If you’re going to commit a home invasion you might well be prepared for the consequences. Especially if the homeowner has a gun. Especially if they’re elderly. Think we’ve mentioned many times before that messing with the older generation is a good way to get in trouble.
According to a report, Elaine Stiehl, 78, was getting ready to take a nap when she heard a noise coming from inside her home on Mount Carmel Road around 3 p.m. Friday. Stiehl loaded her gun, opened her bedroom door and saw two men standing in her hallway, the report said.
Officials said the men were in the process of stealing furs and tools from the home, but after seeing Stiehl’s gun, the men reportedly ran out of the residence and fled in a car.
Elaine’s neighbors gave the police a description of the getaway vehicle, and the suspects were arrested.
The two men were James Michael O’Neal, 32, and Thomas Allen Linder, 44. A female, Ann Renee Dearman, was the driver of the vehicle. O’Neal was charged with Burglary and Theft by Receiving Stolen Property. Linder was charged with Burglary and Weapons Possession by a Felon. Dearman was charged with Burglary.
“When seconds count, the police are only minutes away.” You’ve heard that saying before, but in this elderly lady’s case it applies. One of the suspects was armed, and obviously didn’t expect a 78 year old woman to be armed as well. They fled the scene, likely because she surprised them.