Pistol packing homeowner surprises suspected burglars

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WINDSOR, Mo. -- A fearless homeowner caught not one, but two suspected burglars trying to steal his belongings. FOX 4's Robert Townsend reports the would-be thieves didn't expect him to turn the tables on them.

"Man I just couldn't believe it. I mean who would kick a man while he's already down?" asked a frustrated Arthur Lindsay.

"I mean those two didn't say anything and they weren't scared. They were just like, 'oh s**t,' when I walked across the street with my gun and saw them running around my garage, " said Arthur.

He's talking about 35-year-old John Woodard and 31-year-old Mariah Veach-Gates, who are now charged with burglary and trespassing. Both suspects are being held in the Henry County jail.

"My neighbor saw them on Wednesday running around and stealing my dining room chairs, lawn equipment, a laptop, and more from my shed, " Lindsay said.

Lindsay's house on South Windsor Street in the community of Windsor was burned to the ground.

"I just want to know who would steal from your property after a fire?" asked Arthur.

Investigators say after stealing from Lindsay's burned out property on Wednesday, the brazen burglars returned to the site in broad daylight on Thursday and rounded up even more of Arthur's belongings from his backyard shed.

However, this time the pair got more than they bargained for.

"I put a web cam in a window across the street at my daughter's place where I'm staying, and I caught them pulling up to my property with a truck and stealing my stuff again," said an irate Lindsay, who this time had his 38 caliber pistol in his hand.

"I told them both to stop, put up their hands and get to the ground. I then called 911," said Lindsay, who held both suspects down until Henry County Sheriff's Deputy Tyler Weeks arrived.

"It's justice man. You know I would say karma will come back around and get you. I love it, good for him," said Deputy Weeks.

"You bet I'd do it all over again, especially if I could catch them or anyone else stealing from my property. You just don't do that to people, " added Lindsay.

Both Woodard and Veach-Gates are held on $10,000 bonds. Online court records don't list any court dates for them yet.