Elderly Holmes Beach woman thwarts burglary

An 80-year-old Holmes Beach woman scared off thieves attempting to burglarize her home July 16 by threatening them with a gun.

Around 10 p.m., the woman reported hearing a loud crash and voices coming from a doorway on the lower level of her home in the 3800 block of Sixth Avenue, according to the police report.

After calling 911, the woman grabbed her gun and walked toward the doorway, warning the intruders she would shoot if they tried to gain entry.

The would-be burglars ran off before police arrived, the report said.

The suspects had thrown a large rock though the glass bottom of the door in an attempt to gain entry, the report said.

A Holmes Beach Police Department officer observed the screen on the outer door also had been cut, the report said.

The officer estimated the intruders caused about $500 worth of damage to the doors.

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