Update: Burglary Victim Captures Suspect For Police

By: Gary Smollen Email
By: Gary Smollen Email

Suspected burglars allegedly returned to the scene of the crime, but this time the homeowner was ready for them. One was held at gunpoint until police arrived, a second suspect was caught moments later Saturday morning.

Fifty-five-year-old Rob Wegman refuses to be a victim, so when he saw that someone had broken into his garage for the second time in about two weeks, he grabbed his shotgun and went outside. He got the drop on one of the suspects and held him until the police arrived.

Rob stopped a suspected robbery in progress and may have nabbed the suspects in a number of metro burglaries. As Wegman barreled outside around 1 a.m., it had to have been a frightening sight, angry, yelling and armed. He surprised the alleged burglars because one was still inside his garage near 216th and Maple.

"He tried holding the door so I couldn't get in and I just busted the door and clicked the shotgun and he headed to the back of the garage and I said get down on your knees and don't even think about moving."

With his alleged accomplice captured, the second suspect left the area. Twenty-two-year-old Bruce Linson was taken into custody by officers when they arrived and 20-year-old Tyler Robart was captured a short distance away, still in the Ramblewood neighborhood.

Once in custody, Rob gave the pair some advice. "I said, you know what? I've worked all my life hard to get everything I've got. I've bought and paid for it, try getting a job."

Ironically, they almost took Rob's job from him. Some of the tools they allegedly stole the first time were his work tools. Most of what was taken has been replaced and while one of them was under the gun, he may have implicated himself in the first burglary.

"He said, I can get you all of your stuff back and a thousand dollars and I was like, you think I'm going to let you go? You're a robber."

Rob and his wife Jeanette credit their boxer Max for alerting them to someone being outside. An alarm system was already being installed in the garage and will be operational on Monday.


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