Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Vance West: Elderly farmer near Bois D'Arc pulls gun on 3 thieves who came back for more

BOIS D’ARC, Mo. -- An elderly cattle rancher recently came face-to-face with three thieves on his property, and he took the matter into his own hands. The thieves might have been arrested if Vance West had been able to get someone to help him.

Vance West, 92, is a veteran and father of three. He lives by himself outside Bois d'Arc on more than 100 acres.

“See, there's where they left,” he told a reporter, pointing out tire tracks. “They will be back. I think they will be back.”

West says three men stole nearly $3,000 worth of equipment from one of his sheds. He missed the first time they came around, but not the second.

“He started climbing over the gate, and I told him not to climb over. He climbed over anyway, so I pulled a gun on him,” West said.

“I told him, ‘Do you see where it's cocked?’ He says, ‘I can see,’” West said. “He was sassy. He told me he wasn't going to do it.”

The men got away when West tried to flag down someone on his county road.

It's cases like this that recently caused Greene County Sheriff Jim Arnott to create a temporary task force to investigate a rash of burglaries in rural areas of the county.

“It was a short term project but we feel it was very successful,” said Arnott. Read More

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