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Man traps three burglars in his own basement: Call for aid prompts police arrest

Man traps three burglars in his own basement: Call for aid prompts police arrest
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A man who trapped a total of three burglars in the basement of his own apartment building is being called a hero of a very strange case this week. The incident occurred in Huskvarna, Sweden, and police stated in their report that the man’s quick-thinking to ensnare the thieves and then call for official aid was a smart decision that led to a swift arrest. UPI gives background on this weird news headline this Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014.

The man who trapped the burglars in his own residence basement this Saturday knew there was a potentially dangerous threat occurring very early in the morning. While waking up in Huskvarna, a southern city of Sweden, the man suddenly heard an emergency alarm go off. He snuck down to the basement, and soon found three men wearing black sifting through boxes and trying to steal things from the apartment residents.

Police praised the man’s quick-thinking decision. Rather than make a scene or call them out, the man instead slammed the door shut, locking it and immediately calling for law enforcement aid. Within minutes, police had arrived and found the three thieving burglars already trapped like mice in a cage. Upon opening the door, they successfully arrested all three men.

While police were proud to credit the man’s quick-thinking, they also offered an important public service announcement about civilians stepping into potentially dangerous situations. While it was acceptable for the man to look at what might have caused the security alarm to go off, they did warn against the public “looking” for trouble and to call police — not intervene in a threatening situation — unless necessity calls for it.

What do you think of the man trapping three burglars and prompt police arrest story? What might have you done in a similar incident had you been the one opening the door to find unwanted visitors looking through your things?