|Published:||Feb 21, 2011 11:46 PM EST|
|Updated:||Feb 21, 2011 8:45 PM EST|
FORT MYERS, FL-A Fort Myers business owner grabs a golf club and goes after the bad guys, and it's all caught on camera.
Ben Whitley says, "It's the only thing I could find, that or a fire extinguisher."
When the motion detector went off at around 1 A.M, Whitley, the owner of The Swap Shop on Pine Ridge Road knew something wasn't right.
Whitley says, "I looked for something to grab for protection on my way out the door. What I found was my handy dandy antique golf club."
Whitley went after the thieves, which surveillance shows stealing several statues valued at $750.
"They were going in and out. The one guy was carrying items to the gate, and handing them to the car, and he was throwing them to the back seat of the car. As he comes back for the other ones, I'm on the phone calling the sheriff's department and then he's coming back for the second load when I come out of the store."
Without shoes and wearing only boxers, Whitley chases the suspects.
"The driver kept yelling at the passenger, let's go, let's go, let's go."
Not before Whitley could get a good swing at them.
"They weren't willing to stop, so he's got a hole in his windshield from an antique golf club now."
The thieves slammed their dark colored car into reverse stalled for a few seconds in the middle of the road
Deputies were on scene a few minutes later but the thieves were gone.
Whitley says, "I don't know if they're trying to steal them to resell or what's going on but if I have to stay here 24 hours a day, I'll eventually catch them."
Obviously Whitley hopes it won't come to that, he's hoping someone will recognize the thieves or their car with the damaged window, or the stolen statues, and call deputies.
The car is described as being a dark colored four door sedan.