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Port Neches homeowners are prepared to shoot to protect property
PORT NECHES-By Jennifer Gordy
A Port Neches homeowner chased a suspected burglar down the street early this morning after firing a shot at him. Police say there have been a number of break-ins in a half-mile radius of this morning's attempted burglary. Some Port Neches residents say they're armed and not afraid to shoot to protect their property.
Luke Guidry says, "There are a lot of nice homes in this area and it's pretty evident they'd like to have some of it."
Guidry is talking about the repeated burglaries and attempted burglaries in the last two months within a half mile radius of Ridgewood Elementary School on Merriman. Guidry says, "Everybody is on extreme alert. It happened a few weeks ago, my father in law shot at a guy breaking out of his back yard."
And a man who lives here in the 700 block of Bella Vita Drive in Port Neches started his day defending his property. Port Neches Chief Paul Lemoine says, "The homeowner surprised a would-be burglar or thief on his property and he kinda chased him around a little bit and he had armed himself with a pistol and he shot in the general direction of the intruder and the intruder left the area and he chased him across Merriman running towards Miller."
Police have released this video from an attempted break in on Goodwin Street. Lemoine says, "You can see him walking up nonchalantly putting on his gloves like he's got a little job to do and then he's scared off by security lights that came on." The homeowners in this neighborhood were reluctant to speak however the ones with whom we did speak say they are anxious for authorities to apprehend the suspect.
In the adjacent River Oaks neighborhood, Guidry agrees, "Probably same guy pretty familiar with the area. Has to be to get around her we have these dark canals in back of us here. We're scared to death of something coming out. Gotta lock everything up. We've never had it in this area whatsoever."
A suspected thief not too concerned about homeowners shooting at him.
Guidry says, "I would think that he's not scared of getting killed for one thing evidently his need for dope is more anxious more than his need to survive."
The burglary suspect is described by police as a White or Hispanic male around six feet tall, thin build, wearing a camouflaged hoodie and dark pants. Port Neches police believe the same suspect has burglarized numerous houses in McLain Estates, the River Oaks and Thomas-Haven subdivisions over the past several months.
If you have any information about any of these break-ins, please call Port Neches Police.