Would-be burglar greeted by shotgun-toting shop owner
Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor

Nov. 7, 2006 - A burglar learned the hard way he had picked the wrong business to target Monday night when he was met by a shotgun-toting shop owner and employee.

Downtown Paint & Body Shop owner Glen Charles Askew and his employees were working after hours when someone noticed a man on a bicycle who appeared to be circling the area just after 10 p.m.

Askew and his staff locked the business and left, with Askew and an employee stationed across the street watching the shop.

A short while later, they saw a man later identified as 21-year-old Joseph Caleb Grant pry open the door and go into the building.

Askew and the employee also entered the building, where they found Grant in possession of a few shop items along with a bag of tools he took into the shop.

The shop owner and employee confronted Grant, and a struggle ensued. Grant was taken to the ground and held at gunpoint while the employee called police.

Police took Grant in custody, asking him what had happened. The burglar, who had apparently cut his head during the struggle, told police he didn't know what had happened.

Grant's head was wrapped for the cut, but he refused further treatment by emergency medical services personnel at the scene. He was arrested and taken to jail on the felony charge of burglary of a building.

Detective Sgt. Bo Fox said while the business owner was fully within his rights to protect his property, police do not recommend property owners confront crime suspects.

"It's best if they call police and let them handle it," Fox said. "For every unarmed person there can be another who is armed, and you just never know what is going to happen. For that reason, it's better not to confront a suspect."

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