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08-20-2008, 7:16 AM

Armed 85-year-old Woman Stops Burglar
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POINT MARION, Pa. (Aug. 19) -- An 85-year-old woman boldly went for her gun and busted a would-be burglar inside her home, then forced him to call police while she kept him in her sights, police said. "I just walked right on past him to the bedroom and got my gun," Leda Smith said.

Smith heard someone break into her home Sunday afternoon and grabbed the .22-caliber revolver she had been keeping by her bed since a neighbor's home was burglarized a few weeks ago.

Leda Smith, 85, says it was "exciting" to stop a burglar inside her home, adding that she hopes she stopped a crime spree in her Pennsylvania neighborhood.

"I said 'What are you doing in my house?' He just kept saying he didn't do it," Smith said.

After the 17-year-old boy called 911, Smith kept holding the gun on him until state police arrived at her home in Springhill Township, about 45 miles south of Pittsburgh.

The boy will be charged with attempted burglary and related offenses in juvenile court, Trooper Christian Lieberum said. He was not identified because of his age.

"It was exciting," Smith said. "I just hope I broke up the (burglary) ring because they have been hitting a lot of places around here."

08-20-2008, 7:25 AM
Grandma got a gun... wasnt that an Aerosmith song a while back?

08-20-2008, 7:40 AM
Ya know, I read a similar story on here where there was an 85 year old lady, and this kid broke into her house.. She also used a .22 revolver to hold him at bay, and then made him dial 911! Crazy!

08-20-2008, 7:47 AM