A Texas man stopped intruders who broke into his elderly neighbor’s home from stealing Christmas after he fired a series of shots at the would-be Grinches’ getaway car.
At least two men allegedly kicked in the door of an 83-year-old man’s Houston home only days before Christmas and took wrapped presents that were beneath his tree, officials said.
They tried to make off with the gifts, a flat screen TV, a mounted deer head and a rifle, but were surprised by a gun-toting neighbor, who tried to keep the suspects at bay until law enforcement arrived, KHOU-TV reported.
The men managed to get away but left behind most of the valuables they tried to snatch as the neighbor fired about five shots at the vehicle.
“They were loading stuff into my car in my garage. I’m missing a set of car keys,” homeowner Harry Wells told the station, noting he slept through the break-in because of his failing hearing.
“I didn't know anything was going on,” Wells told KHOU-TV.
It was not immediately clear why Wells' home was targeted.