Saturday, August 18, 2007

Stories That Warm the Heart

Here's a good one to kick off the weekend.

CHESTER – A would-be jewel thief learned an important lesson Thursday: Don't mess with Sharon Neville.

When the 61-year-old homeowner found the guy going through her jewelry boxes, she beat him up with a hard cardboard tube that had materials wrapped around it and chased him out of her house.


It all started when Neville, who was upstairs in her sewing room on the second floor, heard some noise coming from the master bedroom. That's when she found the man and started yelling at him. It didn't get physical until she took the tube and started wailing on him, Chief Bill Burke said.

I'd say the guy got off easy.

Of course, had this story unfolded across the pond in the United Kingdom, where defending one's self in one's home in such a manner is a violation of the law, this woman would have been arrested, detained, interrogated, and brought up on criminal assault charges.

And, for "good measure", she'd likely have a sample of her DNA forcibly taken from her for inclusion in the State's genetic database of criminal offenders.

A picture, as they say, says 1,000 words.