A single mother of a 3-year-old just had her house broken into. The thief ransacked the house and stole the spare key to her Jeep Wrangler. She thought he might come back again, and she was right. But this time she was prepared to take action against the crook.
The Columbus, Ohio woman emptied an entire magazine on the thief, who got the surprise of his life Friday night.
According to wtvm,
Diane Olearnick says she was just trying to protect what was hers when a burglar tried to steal her car after breaking into her home the day before.
Olearnick says “[it] made me really angry and I felt really violated at that point.”
The single mother and her three year old live in what she thought was a safe neighborhood. That is, until she returned home on Thursday afternoon and found it had been broken into.
“I found things missing. They trashed the house, pulled out drawers,” Olearnick said. “They got in through the dog door.”
One of those missing items was the spare key to her Jeep Wrangler. Petrified and trying to clean up the mess, Orlearnick says she kept her daughter and her weapon close by just in case a burglary came back. And they did the very next night.
She adds “I heard the back gate open. You can hear it pretty loudly in the house. And it alerted me. So I went off my balcony to check and I saw a man getting into my car.”
Olearnick says she told the burglar that she had a gun and demanded him to stop, but he continued backing out of her drive way. She says she was not letting the robber get away with anything else of hers.
“[I] grabbed my gun, ran downstairs and ran out the front door and met him as he was backing out. So, I started firing,” Olearnick explains.
Completely emptying the magazine in the Jeep and scaring the robber out through the passenger seat and running down the street. It’s an experience Olearnick says she hopes raises awareness for crimes like this.
She adds, “You think it’s not going to happen to you. I have an alarm system, I have flood lights, I have deadbolts. You just have to be more aware.”
Police are still investigating this case and the car thief is still at large. It is unknown if he was hurt in the incident, but it’s a certainty that he was scared out of his mind by the protective mother.
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