Wayne County Sheriffs were called out to a reported break-in at about 9:10 am, this past Saturday morning. Tom Phillips’ wife asked him if he left their garage open overnight, which he hadn’t, and that caused enough concern for him to get dressed, grab his pistol, call the police, and investigate.
That’s when he saw a man in a black coat attempting to break back into his garage. He pulled out his weapon, ordered the man to the ground, and held him at gunpoint until police arrived.
He also used a pitchfork to attempt a break-in to at least one other area home, and was allegedly found in possession of local neighbor items.
After searching the man, identified as Michael Hooser-37- they allegedly found several other items belonging to other people from the neighborhood, including one of the neighbor’s wallets, some hand tools and knives, flashlights, and other miscellaneous things.
The man was also in possession of what looked like methamphetamine, marijuana, and a 380 ACP handgun that he thankfully did not attempt to use.
Police were able to return most of the stolen property on the same day.
On Monday, Hooser was charged with burglary, which is a second degree felony and is held in Wayne County Jail until his preliminary hearing Friday Morning.
Not all defensive gun uses end in a pulled trigger, which is why many of them go unreported.
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