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Man fights with thief, reclaims wallet

Posted June 22, 2010

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— A 72-year-old Florida man was able to get his wallet back by pursuing the man who stole it and fighting him over it, according to Rocky Mount police.

The man was paying for his room at the Ashburn Inn, at 7531 N.C. Highway 48, late Friday when a man came up behind him in the motel lobby, grabbed his wallet and ran out the front door, police said.

The 72-year-old chased the thief into the motel parking lot, where he saw him get into a green Honda Accord with two other men, police said. The man then jumped onto the car and reached in through the sunroof to fight the thief, police said.

The man grabbed his wallet back before falling off the car as it sped off, police said. He suffered a minor leg injury but didn't require medical attention.

Police were still searching Tuesday for the Accord and the three men in it.

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  • Hexzero Jun 22, 2010

    Awww how cute, p02h03 chooses to add a nice political spin to the story. Wake up and stop whining.

  • blackdog Jun 22, 2010

    My parents (in their 70's) took a cross country trip with another couple a few years back. All four of them had automatic weapons... God help anyone who would have messed with them!

  • p02h03 Jun 22, 2010

    NC Reader - "Does the "liberal media" really look up to all politicians, because there are certainly many conservatives in the mix of stealin', lyin', and cheatin' politicians? Neither honesty nor dishonesty knows no party bounds."

    Agree both sides are at fault, but true liberals are much worse. Their entire foundational belief system is based on stealing and lying. A true conservative's foundational belief system is based on individual liberty.

    Liberals will likely flame me for this, but they will be lying to themselves. See a pattern?

  • blackdog Jun 22, 2010

    Don't underestimate us old folks. Some of us have kicked more cans than you can imagine. And we ain't dead yet !...

  • NC Reader Jun 22, 2010

    "Agree, but with politicians doing those same things every day, and the liberal media looking up to them, is it any wonder?"

    Does the "liberal media" really look up to all politicians, because there are certainly many conservatives in the mix of stealin', lyin', and cheatin' politicians? Neither honesty nor dishonesty knows no party bounds.

  • p02h03 Jun 22, 2010

    rbutts - "A shame people got to steal cheat and lie to get stuff"
    Agree, but with politicians doing those same things every day, and the liberal media looking up to them, is it any wonder? "Steal, Cheat, and Lie" could be a new campaing slogan, especially for democrats.

  • csplantlover Jun 22, 2010

    It's that sense of entitlement from people - I can just go and take whatever I want, kill whoever to get it and it's okay. The law will let me go and I won't have to pay it back, I won't have to work to take care of my own self and I can just steal from any and everybody to support my habits. That's the unbelievable mentality of such a large section of our population - and you know who you are! I'm glad this man fought - so many will not, are scared or get killed in the process. Glad this one got his wallet back. I despise a thief!

  • 3stoogesfan Jun 22, 2010

    My sister was part-owner in a video store at one time and she saw a man run out with a VCR. She ran after him and he dropped the VCR and kept on running. Not sure if the VCR survived though but she let him know he wasn't going to steal from her store.

  • NC Reader Jun 22, 2010

    I know a young woman who, twenty years ago, chased down a man to get her pocketbook back. She went at him with fists and he dropped it.

  • rbutts Jun 22, 2010

    Glad to hear he is alright. Glad to hear he got his wallet back, A shame people got to steal cheat and lie to get stuff,

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