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Resident cuts would-be car burglar’s bike in half, nails it to a tree

A burglar got his bike sawed in half after being caught snooping in car windows
A burglar got his bike sawed in half after being caught snooping in car windows Jason Howell via Nextdoor website

A northeast Fresno man is scoring lots of points with neighbors after he caught a would-be burglar snooping around his car at 2 a.m.

The man, Jason Howell, said he ran up on the guy, catching him off guard.

“He screamed and bolted, but I got his bike,” Howell posted on Nextdoor.com, an Internet-based neighborhood watch website. “If he wants it back, I cut it in half and hung it on a tree.”

Howell called the bifurcated bike a message to other “liked-minded individuals” that they better not come back.

His neighbors on Nextdoor howled with delight.

“Teach them punks a lesson,” one person wrote. Another said, “Well played, sir ...well played, indeed!”

Others pointed out that the victory may be short-lived: “The sad part is they also steal all the bikes they can lay their hands on so I am sure he had another one before you finished cutting up that one.”

Robert Rodriguez: 559-441-6327, @FresnoBeeBob

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