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Elderly farmer near Bois D'Arc pulls gun on 3 thieves who came back for more(MO)
ky3.com ^ | 8 March, 2012 | Ashley Reynolds

Posted on 03/12/2012 9:16:02 AM PDT by marktwain

BOIS D’ARC, Mo. -- An elderly cattle rancher recently came face-to-face with three thieves on his property, and he took the matter into his own hands. The thieves might have been arrested if Vance West had been able to get someone to help him.

Vance West, 92, is a veteran and father of three. He lives by himself outside Bois d'Arc on more than 100 acres.

“See, there's where they left,” he told a reporter, pointing out tire tracks. “They will be back. I think they will be back.”

West says three men stole nearly $3,000 worth of equipment from one of his sheds. He missed the first time they came around, but not the second.

“He started climbing over the gate, and I told him not to climb over. He climbed over anyway, so I pulled a gun on him,” West said.

“I told him, ‘Do you see where it's cocked?’ He says, ‘I can see,’” West said. “He was sassy. He told me he wasn't going to do it.”

The men got away when West tried to flag down someone on his county road.

It's cases like this that recently caused Greene County Sheriff Jim Arnott to create a temporary task force to investigate a rash of burglaries in rural areas of the county.

“It was a short term project but we feel it was very successful,” said Arnott.

Anott says, since January, two dozen people were arrested thanks to the campaign.

“The reason why I couldn't continue this, because I was asked, ‘Can you keep this going?’ is there are areas of work that were neglected while they were on special assignment,” Arnott said. “Just because of manpower, I can't do it all the time.”

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Missouri
KEYWORDS: banglist; defense; mo; robber
It sounds as if a cell phone would be a good investment for Mr. West.
1 posted on 03/12/2012 9:16:09 AM PDT by marktwain
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To: marktwain

Thumbs up to gramps!


2 posted on 03/12/2012 9:16:58 AM PDT by AtlasStalled
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To: marktwain

I would think the sheriff can roll up these mutts fairly quickly.


3 posted on 03/12/2012 9:18:48 AM PDT by junta ("Peace is a racket", testimony from crime boss Barrack Hussein Obama.)
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To: marktwain

Hello Mr. Thief;

Now you know my face, and the fact that I won’t shoot you without engaging in a nice conversation first. So sorry you got away.

Why, I’m sure a nice fellow like you wouldn’t think of simply watching out for me, and killing me on sight - before robbing what remains of my possessions when you come back. Heck, I’m sure you won’t track me down and kill me; because there is a chance I might recognize you and act as a witness to your activities. I’m sure you won’t set fire to my house and kill me and my family “just in case”. Why, that would be downright ‘criminal’ of you.

-— Me, I sit quietly in the shadows, quietly pull my hammer back, slide off the safety - take easy aim and you won’t know I’m in the shadows until the muzzle-flash gives me away. 3 quick shots, 1 to the head, 2 center-mass of the torso. Then, I will quietly move to see if there are any more targets that present themselves, deserving of my attention. No worries, I have a clip with enough attention to go around. There will only be one story to tell the police, when they get around to swinging by, and that will be my version.


4 posted on 03/12/2012 9:25:12 AM PDT by Hodar ( Who needs laws; when this FEELS so right?)
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To: marktwain

And the sheriff turns it into an ad for more taxes. How unusual LOL. “I’m not doing my job because I need more money.” I’ve actually had employees say that.


5 posted on 03/12/2012 9:36:54 AM PDT by ricmc2175
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To: marktwain

If he’s out in the boon docks, probably can’t get a signal...Just needs to shoot the sorry bastards...

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6 posted on 03/12/2012 9:38:22 AM PDT by flatfish
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To: Hodar

Your way is the right way.


7 posted on 03/12/2012 9:38:33 AM PDT by katana (Just my opinions)
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To: flatfish

Shoot, Shovel, Shut up.


8 posted on 03/12/2012 9:49:24 AM PDT by commish (Freedom tastes sweetest to those who have fought to preserve it.)
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To: ricmc2175
Hmmm......

Let's consider the choices -

A 38¢ rifle cartridge or a ½ % sales tax for the rest of eternity.


9 posted on 03/12/2012 9:51:24 AM PDT by Iron Munro ("Don't pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight he'll just kill you." John Steinbeck)
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To: marktwain
“They will be back. I think they will be back.”

Poor old guy. He shouldn't have to deal with this in his 90s. If I were nearby, I think I'd go over there and offer to help him guard his property.

BTW, is Missouri a castle doctrine state and do castle doctrine rules apply to someone who isn't necessarily guarding his own castle but someone else's?

10 posted on 03/12/2012 10:20:50 AM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: Iron Munro
Let's consider the choices -

A 38¢ rifle cartridge or a ½ % sales tax for the rest of eternity.

A 38 cent rifle cartridge, no waiting period.

A ½ % sales tax for the rest of eternity will cut the average waiting period to 27 minutes down from 30 minutes.

11 posted on 03/12/2012 10:22:30 AM PDT by TYVets (Pure-Gas.org ..... ethanol free gasoline by state and city)
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To: commish

at 92 shoveling is hard work..so could we call it shoot, leave it to the buzzards and shut up. :O)


12 posted on 03/12/2012 10:36:47 AM PDT by goat granny
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To: marktwain

I know how to pronounce Cairo, Cuba and New Madrid. Gravois Road is “gravoy”. I am wondering how they pronounce Bois d’arc, MO. I am guessing it is “boys dark”. Anyone know?


13 posted on 03/12/2012 11:40:02 AM PDT by Defiant (If there are infinite parallel universes, why Lord, am I living in the one with Obama as President?)
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To: Defiant

The “bugler” climbed over the gate after the old man told him not to.

He’d have been assaulted for sure if he weren’t armed. At 92, even a simple punch in the face could be fatal.


14 posted on 03/12/2012 1:48:37 PM PDT by HEM
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To: LibWhacker

It doesn’t really matter where you are in Missouri. If life or limb is in danger, you have no duty to retreat wherever you lawfully are.

This also applies to a 3rd party that you are trying to help - you can justifiably shoot to save someone else.


15 posted on 03/12/2012 2:12:47 PM PDT by scott7278 ("...I have not changed Congress and how it operates the way I would have liked..." - BHO)
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To: marktwain

When one pulls a gun, the time for chit-chat should be over. You are either in danger, or you’re not.


16 posted on 03/12/2012 2:16:04 PM PDT by scott7278 ("...I have not changed Congress and how it operates the way I would have liked..." - BHO)
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To: Defiant
Locals pronounce Dois d'arc as Bodark.

The Bo is like Bow & Arrow, not like Boo to scare someone. Dark as in the dark, no light.

17 posted on 03/12/2012 11:49:22 PM PDT by TYVets (Pure-Gas.org ..... ethanol free gasoline by state and city)
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To: TYVets

Thanks. I love Missouri. That is good stuff.


18 posted on 03/13/2012 12:19:15 AM PDT by Defiant (If there are infinite parallel universes, why Lord, am I living in the one with Obama as President?)
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To: Defiant

BoDark


19 posted on 03/13/2012 9:49:44 AM PDT by Manly Warrior (US ARMY (Ret), "No Free Lunches for the Dogs of War" (my spelling is generally korrect!))
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To: Manly Warrior

Thank you. I had never heard that one said before. Do you know how to properly pronounce the St. Francois River? For bonus points, try the Cuivre River.


20 posted on 03/13/2012 4:08:40 PM PDT by Defiant (If there are infinite parallel universes, why Lord, am I living in the one with Obama as President?)
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To: Defiant
Do you know how to properly pronounce the St. Francois River?

Lemme try. Sah (or san) fra(n)-swa

...try the Cuivre River.

Queev-re?

21 posted on 03/13/2012 4:13:35 PM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER ( Celebrate Republicans Freed the Slaves Month.)
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To: ROCKLOBSTER
It's pronounced St. Francis.

And Cuivre rhymes with River.

22 posted on 03/13/2012 9:22:07 PM PDT by Defiant (If there are infinite parallel universes, why Lord, am I living in the one with Obama as President?)
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To: Defiant

Yeah, we have a Calais Maine (callous)

Just like Berlin NH (burl’-in)


23 posted on 03/14/2012 6:06:11 AM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER ( Celebrate Republicans Freed the Slaves Month.)
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To: Defiant

I only know the Bois D’arc colloquialism as I have been there. The others, who knows.

Versailles is “ver-sales”, Laquey is “lake-way” and Gravois is “grav-is”.

Mexico, however is mexico....


24 posted on 03/21/2012 7:35:16 AM PDT by Manly Warrior (US ARMY (Ret), "No Free Lunches for the Dogs of War" (my spelling is generally korrect!))
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To: Manly Warrior

In St. Louis, Gravois is grav-oy, like Illinois. I had forgotten about Versailles but you have reminded me, and haven’t heard of Laquey.


25 posted on 03/21/2012 8:42:39 AM PDT by Defiant (If there are infinite parallel universes, why Lord, am I living in the one with Obama as President?)
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