Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Man steals van from thieves

Patrick Rosario, a Washington man upon spying thieves in his house decided he'd stop them from getting away with his stuff by stealing their van.

The 32-year-old, laid-off Washington Mutual manager was in the basement of his Bellevue home Tuesday afternoon when he heard the thieves upstairs. He called 911 as he snuck out of the house and, against the advice of the dispatcher, hopped into the getaway car — a white Ford van that was parked in front of his house, still running — and drove away.

The burglars took off on foot, leaving a pile of televisions, a laptop and a jewelry box by the door. A witness who was visiting a home across the street saw them. According to the detectives' report, "the males looked back ... and appeared startled."

"I wish I could have seen the look on their faces," Rosario told The Seattle Times.

He said he recognizes it probably wasn't the wisest thing to do, but it nevertheless earned him some high-fives from responding officers.

"Two pulled up, and they looked over at me and go, 'You stole their car — way to go, dude. That's awesome,'" Rosario said. "Another told me that I just made her month."

Think the robbers will show up to claim thier vehicle?

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