It’s no secret that California’s having some fiscal difficulties. And because they’ve been short on funds (and long on NIMBY sentiment) their existing jails are overcrowded due to the lack of new storage facilities to match the demand. So When a Dana Point homeowner found Ross Thomas Wells Mortensen (not pictured above) creeping around in his home, he probably ended up saving himself and his fellow Golden State taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars in maintenance and upkeep. . .
When he heard a suspicious noise, the unidentified resident didn’t initially find anything amiss. From ocregister.com:
A short time later, the man heard noises again and armed himself with a handgun before confronting Mortensen inside the house, Amormino said.
Authorities believe Mortensen had broken in through a window to burglarize the home.
The resident fired his handgun at least twice, striking Mortensen, Amormino said.
Mortensen fled through a window of the home, officials said, but was found dead in the back yard.
According to court records, Mortensen appeared in court earlier that day facing misdemeanor counts of petty theft and possession of burglary tools from an Oct. 18 case. On Monday, before he was shot and killed, he pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Having his ticket punched in Dana Point has rendered Mortensen’s petty theft case moot. The same goes for the felony controlled substance charges he was due to face in February. In the mean time, California taxpayers can rest a little easier tonight knowing their homes and their wallets are just a little bit safer.