GUN Man and Mr. Shotgun surprise burglar

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  1. TL1000RSquid

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    Man and Mr. Shotgun surprise burglar

    ARMY VETERAN: One day after a break-in, victim lies in wait and collars suspect.

    Anchorage Daily News

    Published: January 6, 2007
    Last Modified: January 6, 2007 at 02:47 AM

    Don't mess with a retired military man -- especially one who takes it personally and gets out a shotgun when you break into his home.

    Richard Noren, a seemingly mild-mannered ex-Army soldier and current Junior ROTC teacher, decided he wouldn't rely on the police after bandits broke down a door of his Eagle River home and stole thousands of dollars of his stuff while he was out of town.

    Summoned by his daughter, Noren rushed back from his Seward vacation, parked his car far away from his house, shut off the lights, hid the dogs and then lay in wait, sitting on the living-room couch with a 20-gauge shotgun in his lap, for the burglars to return.

    They did, just as he figured, and Noren grabbed the man who tried to come in the front door by the neck and held him at bay until police arrived.

    Police arrested Tracy Randall, a 32-year-old on probation with a long rap sheet, on burglary charges.

    "It's disheartening. Your privacy has been invaded," Noren said in an interview Friday. "I wouldn't encourage anybody to just grab a weapon if they don't feel comfortable doing it."

    Noren's crime fighting has Anchorage police applauding his self-reliance but warning others not to follow in his footsteps.

    "Sometimes you need to take steps to protect yourself," Anchorage police burglary Sgt. Ron Tidler said. "I'm not advocating go grab a gun and stick it in the ear of anybody knocking at your door by any means. ... But people should take reasonable measures to protect themselves -- whatever they deem reasonable."

    Noren, 56, is happy with his do-it-yourself stakeout.

    "There has to be vigilance in us or we will all be victims forever."

    Noren and his wife were in Seward when on Dec. 29 they got a call from their daughter who was checking on their home and found doors broken. Gone were a laptop computer and two pistols that had been locked in a glass gun case.

    "It had to be a smash and dash thing," Noren said. Noren reasoned the thugs would be back for more -- especially if it looked like he was still gone.

    He reported the break-in to police but then hatched his plan.

    His wife went upstairs in a bedroom with the two dogs. Gripping a shotgun the burglars didn't take the night before, Noren sat in the front room watching the door. A little after 4 a.m., he heard a car on his otherwise quiet street. The car drove up and down the street half a dozen times, he recalled. The car turned its headlights off. On the final approach, a man jumped out and came to Noren's front door.

    The man knocked lightly, then went away. About 15 minutes later, the same man returned.

    "He starts fumbling, vigorously, trying to break in the main door," Noren said.

    Adrenaline pumping, Noren didn't know if the man was armed, and, as he says it, he "didn't want a shootout in his living room."

    He swung open the door and grabbed the surprised burglar by his collar.

    "I was able to move quickly, snag his tail. And, me and Mr. Shotgun were able to convince him not to move," Noren said.

    Noren clutched the man by one hand and held the shotgun pointed at him with the other. Moments later, a policeman who lived in the neighborhood and was on his way to work, drove up.

    Randall denied that he was the burglar of the night before, police say. Police charged him only with the second incident. Another man, who was in the car with Randall and who may have been Randall's lookout, was found nearby and questioned by police. He was let go. Police say the investigation continues.

    Randall's criminal history includes theft, larceny and shoplifting convictions. Police say his history of thefts may be motivated by a drug habit. Crack pipes were found in his car outside Noren's home, they said.

    Daily News reporter Megan Holland can be reached at [email protected].

    Alaska law

    • CITIZEN'S ARRESTS: Anyone may make a peaceful arrest of a person who is committing a misdemeanor or felony in their presence. Felony arrests can be made outside their presence if there is reasonable cause to believe someone committed the offense.

    • USE OF FORCE: Reasonable, non-deadly force can be used to make an arrest or stop an escape from peace officer custody if a misdemeanor is witnessed or if there is reason to believe a person has committed a felony elsewhere. Deadly force may be used only to stop someone who is committing a felony involving force against a person, or to stop someone escaping from custody if they have a gun.

    Source: Alaska statutes,

    12.25.030 and 11.81.390


    should killed the fucker or atleast gavem a few buttstrokes
  2. t1h

    t1h Guest

    i would of shot the burglar.
  3. Slick26

    Slick26 Gun|Bike|Cigar|PS3|Beer |Whisky|Night Crew

    Jul 28, 2006
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    Man, and he's missing 2 pistols now too. They must have been worth something if they were locked up in a glass case. He won't make that mistake again... 500lb gun safe FTW.
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  5. Wave

    Wave Carlos Spicy Weiner

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    Best line ever...

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