Man holds suspected porch pirate at gunpoint until police arrive

Police in Kentucky said a group of teenagers went on a stealing spree and a homeowner helped officers catch the suspects.According to police, the teens stole something Monday morning from a local Best Buy.As they were leaving, police said the teens “used force against” a member of the Best Buy loss prevention team. Police said the teens then started grabbing packages off of porches. Around noon Monday, Bill Rockwood said he was working on a house he owns on Harris Place and said he noticed three people steal a package off his neighbor’s porch. “(I) went outside to see what was going on and witnessed them opening up the box, taking the contents, throwing the box down and the packing- and walking down the street,” Rockwood said. Rockwood said he got into his car and followed the group. “They saw me, so they ditched the package, ran through the alley and down to the end of the street,” he said. Rockwood said he waited a block away and the three people showed up. “(They) were a little confrontational, and I told them I had a gun and then things changed a little bit,” he said. Two of them ran away and Rockwood said he held the third at gunpoint until police arrived. Rockwood said he didn’t know they were teenagers until police told him.”We all hate thieves, and every day on social media, we see pictures of the porch pirates stealing things, and it really gets to you during Christmas,” Rockwood said. Police found one of the suspects near a bus stop on and the other on a bus. “Hopefully this is the first time anything like this has happened. Maybe it will turn their life around. I hope so,” Rockwood said.

Police in Kentucky said a group of teenagers went on a stealing spree and a homeowner helped officers catch the suspects.

According to police, the teens stole something Monday morning from a local Best Buy.

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As they were leaving, police said the teens “used force against” a member of the Best Buy loss prevention team. Police said the teens then started grabbing packages off of porches.

Around noon Monday, Bill Rockwood said he was working on a house he owns on Harris Place and said he noticed three people steal a package off his neighbor’s porch.

“(I) went outside to see what was going on and witnessed them opening up the box, taking the contents, throwing the box down and the packing- and walking down the street,” Rockwood said.

Rockwood said he got into his car and followed the group.

“They saw me, so they ditched the package, ran through the alley and down to the end of the street,” he said.

Rockwood said he waited a block away and the three people showed up.

“(They) were a little confrontational, and I told them I had a gun and then things changed a little bit,” he said.

Two of them ran away and Rockwood said he held the third at gunpoint until police arrived.

Rockwood said he didn’t know they were teenagers until police told him.

“We all hate thieves, and every day on social media, we see pictures of the porch pirates stealing things, and it really gets to you during Christmas,” Rockwood said.

Police found one of the suspects near a bus stop on and the other on a bus.

“Hopefully this is the first time anything like this has happened. Maybe it will turn their life around. I hope so,” Rockwood said.