LEHIGH ACRES, Fla. - A Lehigh Acres man held two suspected thieves at gunpoint after they allegedly broke into a home next door.
"Everybody needs to come together and watch. I know several houses on this block got hit," said Lehigh Acres resident, Carole Steiner.
The suspected burgalars broke into Carole Steiner and her husband Randy's home the week before Christmas. The thieves struck again, this time at their next door neighbor's house on the 4600 block of 15th Street Southwest. This time, the Steiners were ready.
"[Randy] looked out the window and saw what direction the dogs were going so he grabbed his gun and went out to where the dogs were at. There were two young men in the woods," she said.
Steiner kept the two suspects, 18-year old Edward Chamberlain and his 14-year old accomplice at gunpoint until Lee County deputies arrived. The thankful homeowner, Michel Pierre, was at work at the time.
"It was awesome for him to do that because a couple weeks ago he got robbed himself," Pierre said.
Wink News learned three homes on the same block have been broken into in just the past few weeks. The thieves were storing the stolen goods like laptops, Xboxes, cameras and even firearms inside a boarded up home just one block away from the victims. They also dumped some of the stolen goods in this canal behind the homes.
The accused burglars are no longer a threat, but Steiner says she's getting out of the neighborhood
"I don't feel safe here. I won't be here much longer, cause I don't feel safe," she said.