Salem, Oregon isn’t exactly East St. Louis, Illinois. People don’t double check that their car doors are locked and floor it until they cross the city limits if they take the wrong exit and end up there unintentionally. But that doesn’t mean leaving your doors open at night is really a good way to go in the capitol city. So when his dog barked, “I figured a skunk or squirrel got into the house because I have a door that I keep cracked for (the dog) to go in and out of,” admitted Dan Strasser. We know you’ll be surprised to find out it wasn’t a squirrel that upset his dog . . .
Actually, it was Tommy Lowell who was trying to make off with Strasser’s computer.
Just after 6 a.m., Dan Strasser awoke to find an intruder in his home trying to make off with a laptop, so he yelled at his girlfriend to bring him his gun.
Strasser cornered Lowell in his garage, where the bungling burglar pulled a knife…and promptly dropped it when Strasser showed him his gun.
“This sounds weird. I was thankful to have a gun because what that did is make sure nobody got hurt. I don’t know what he would do. I’m a fairly old guy so he could have thought I can get through you, but he decided not to do that when I had a weapon,” he said.
Whoa. A gun that prevented violence. Go figure. Colin Goddard, please call your office.
Lowell likely resorted to burglary because he didn’t stand much of a chance at getting into the University of Oregon’s molecular physics program.
Strasser’s deaf 3-year-old Springer Spaniel “Bonnie” then sat on Lowell until police arrived. Police said Lowell thought the dog was a police dog and was too scared to move.
And that’s where he was when the local PD arrived to collect him. Strasser’s probably installing a locking dog door as we speak. [h/t Christian C.]