He was mad as hell and
wasn’t going to take it any more!
It was bound to happen and — it sez here — will again. Thieves break into a garage late at night intent on larceny. Homeowner — already once victimized — is tired of filing reports with the gendarmes. Instead, pursues the thieves and wreaks righteous vengeance. Retrieves stolen goods. This one-half hour Quinn-Martin drama occurred Monday on Madison’s east side.
Only these weren’t teens jacking yet another Lexus. The thieves had taken the man’s snowblower. FROM HIS HOME! (Where his children play with their toys. ) The homeowner told police he saw two people steal the snow clearance device from his garage on S. Walbridge Ave. and began following them in his pickup truck. (Of course!) Mr. Outraged Homeowner admitted, according to the police report, that he intentionally T-boned the driver’s side of their car as the suspects turned onto Wittwer Road from Milwaukee Street for their getaway.
The man and woman in the car were seriously hurt and hospitalized but police say they’ll live to be charged with burglary. They had stashed the snowblower in their trunk. Official police press release doesn’t divulge how the burglars knew the man owned a snowblower; may have been the immaculate driveway. Apparently, there wasn’t anything more interesting in the garage, like a set of socket wrenches or a spare catalytic converter.
As for Mr. Homeowner, he was charged with recklessly endangering safety in the second degree. Told police he recently been victimized by a previous burglary and — judging by his actions — wasn’t going to take it any more. Not told what was taken in the previous burglary; maybe the big snowblower. In any event, Mr. Homeowner did the right thing by calling police, which he may have done while pursuing the burglars.
For some reason, Madison Police names the victim of the burglary but not the two burglars. No word on who’s going to clear snow from their property. Not likely to be Mr. Outraged Homeowner. We’re guessing neither party left insurance cards on each other’s windshields.
Blaska’s Bottom Line: Waiting whose knuckles gets rapped the hardest. We’ve been predicting that some resident is going to take the law into his own hands but we never thought it would be over a snowblower. Especially one small enough to fit in the trunk of a car. Only in Wisconsin, eh?