A burglar in Australia got more than he bargained for when he got shot in the butt with an arrow as he tried to escape the scene of the crime, according to a news release from the New South Wales Police. Everyday people have become better at fighting back against burglars and robbers, whether it’s the 11-year-old who shot a burglar and made him cry or the man who stopped a robbery with his sword.
Police said they were investigating a breaking and entering that happened Sunday at about 5:20 p.m. The house burglarized belonged to a 68-year-old man and his wife. The burglar reportedly stole money and other items from the couple’s bedroom in addition to the keys to the couple’s Nissan X-Trail. From there, the burglar went to the garage and got in the X-Trail, which he was backing up out of the garage until the 68-year-old approached the car with his bow and arrow, reported ABC News Sydney. Scared, the burglar crashed the car into a fence and abandoned the vehicle before jumping a fence and running to a nearby Mazda Tribute. It was then the homeowner stood on the fence and shot the burglar, described as a 30 to 35 year old Caucasian, in the butt or lower back area.
Detective Inspector Dean Johnstone told ABC, “The owner is part of an archery club and takes part in that sport." But Johnstone said the everyday hero could face charges despite a bow and arrow not being illegal.
"My advice to people would be to comply with [the intruder], not to confront them, certainly not to engage them in a physical altercation, let them go and let us investigate," Johnstone said.
And if we had to guess any advice the homeowner has for would-be burglars, it’d have to be to watch your ass—literally.