Published: Aug 11, 2010 11:30 PM EDT
Updated: Aug 11, 2010 8:15 PM EDT

NORTH FORT MYERS, Fla. - An accused burglar is busted, after a neighbor pulls a gun on him.

Peter Hoffmann showed WINK how it went down. He says, "I had it like this, right at him, he just dropped his fists and ran like hell."

Today an accused burglar is behind bars,  thanks to a North Fort Myers man who deputies say caught him in the act.

Neighbor Rosella Douglass says, "I'm glad he did, because I don't know what I would have done if I would have woke up this morning and found it all vandalized, I would have died!"

Peter Hoffmann was smoking a cigarette early this morning, when he says he spotted 36 year old Loren Cartright rummaging through his neighbor's car.

Hoffman says, "My adrenaline was pumping, I was determining shoot him, don't shoot him, shoot him don't shoot him."

Cartright wasn't going without putting up a fight, at least so he thought.

"I whipped the flashlight on him he kind of looked back, got out the car, as soon as he got out of the car, he bowed up at me, I pulled out the gun, and he dropped his fists and ran like hell."

Hoffmann called 911 and deputies caught Cartright not far away, in his possession were coins, deputies say, didn't belong to him.

Neighbor Michael Vaughn said, "You could see finger marks in the cigarette ashes where the change had been dragged out."

He's glad to have his change back. He's even more glad to see Cartright behind bars.

Hoffmann says, "I catch him on my property or anything like that, he might not be breathing to talk about it."

Neighbors say they're lucky, Hoffmann was watching.

"I'm just glad we have neighbors watching over the neighborhood."

Cartwright has been arrested more than a dozen times in Lee County starting in 1997.
Over the years, he's been charged with everything from drug possession, to battery and burglary.