Buxton’s a rural area not far west of Portland, Maine. And while the state’s “stay healthy at home” order doesn’t expire until the end of the month, that didn’t stop a home invader from forcing his way into Eric and Missy Bartlett house this past weekend.
Fortunately, the Bartletts are gun owners.
“It was nerve-racking obviously. It was 3 o’clock in the morning. You don’t expect that,” Eric Bartlett said.
The couple, both certified Maine Guides and avid hunters, jumped into action. Missy dialed 911 as Eric grabbed his flashlight and gun and headed downstairs.
Eric blinded the intruder with a flashlight, then forced him at gunpoint into a bathroom where he held him until police arrived.
Police say Joseph Harmon, 48, of Buxton was arrested and faces multiple charges, including burglary, criminal mischief, refusing to submit to arrest, and theft by unauthorized use.
Coronavirus or not, criminals aren’t going to stop what criminals do. And with lots of convicts being freed from jails and prisons, there are more of them out there to do it.
That, of course, is exactly why Americans continue to buy firearms at a record pace.