Gun-Toting 78-Year-Old Reminds Burglars It’s Not Nice To Steal


An attempted burglary went very wrong when the two would-be burglars who entered a Georgia home were confronted by a 78-year-old woman with a gun.

“I don’t know why they selected that house, but they picked the wrong one,” said Col. James Yarbrough of the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office. “Seventy-eight years old and she took care of the situation.”

The incident took place Nov. 11.

Elaine Stiehl, 78, was just settling down for a late-afternoon nap when she heard a noise inside her Coweta County home.

The first thing Stiehl did was load her Browning handgun.

Armed, she opened her bedroom door. Two men were standing in the hallway outside her room, the police report said.

“She … got her gun, racked one in the chamber and confronted them [and] pointed the gun at them,” Yarborough said.

He said she asked the pair, “What are you doing here?”

Police said the two men had been stealing furs and tools, but when they saw that Stiehl was armed, they decided that it was time to go.

The two men ran off, hopped in a car and were soon long gone, police said.

“Neighbors were able to give us a description of the vehicle [and] we pulled it over and took the subjects into custody,” Yarbrough said.

John Michael O’Neal, 32, was charged with burglary and theft by receiving stolen property. Thomas Allen Linder, 44, was charged with burglary and weapons possession by a convicted felon. Ann Renee Dearman, 49, was charged with burglary after being identified as the driver of the getaway car.

Police also recovered stolen guns in the getaway car when they arrested the three suspects.

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