Wednesday, November 28, 2012

FL:Homeowner pulls gun on neighbor he caught stealing metal, Volusia deputies say

A Volusia County homeowner held his neighbor at gunpoint Monday after catching him stealing metal from his house, a 911 tape released shows.

"I don't plan on shooting him, but if he does something stupid, what else am I supposed to do?" Benton Ledbetter, 59, asked a Sheriff's Office dispatcher.

According to a sheriff's report, Ledbetter was in a camper in his front yard about 11:15 a.m. when he heard noise coming from the back of his home on James Street, near New Smyrna Beach.

He grabbed a gun, walked back and saw Charles Price, 39, with two 5-gallon buckets full of copper wire and two aluminum tennis rackets, the report states.

Ledbetter held Price at gunpoint in Ledbetter's living room until deputies arrived. He said Price caused $10,000 worth of damage to the house when he ripped the wires from the interior walls, the report shows.

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