BELLEVUE, Wash. (KOMO) -- It's a choice not many people would have made. Patrick Rosario saw the chance to stop a pair of criminals and took it.
Rosario was home alone, walking in the basement when he heard a strange noise he couldn't ignore.
"I heard a bang, and I've never heard anything like that in my house. You could slam the door and it wouldn't be as loud as that bang was," he said.
He then heard footsteps, and he could tell they didn't belong to his wife.
"I wasn't really worried until I heard running," he said.
With his heart pounding, Rosario ran up the basement steps and peeked under the door. Disbelief then sunk in.
"'I'm getting robbed' -- that's literally going through my head," he said.
Rosario saw burglars ransacking the house, dragging his flat-screen TV, electronics and his wife's jewelry box to the front door.
Rosario quietly ran out the back door. Then he spotted the crooks' getaway car. It was sitting empty with the engine still running.
That's when he decided to make a move.
Rosario jumped in the crooks' car and drove off. Then he called 911.
Operator: 911, what are you reporting?
Rosario: Somebody's broken into my house.
Operator: I'm sorry?
Rosario: Somebody's broken into my house!...I just drove their car away. They've got nothing.
Operator: Their car?
Rosario: Yeah, I know. I stole their car.
Operator: OK, you can now be charged for that, so stop.
Rosario never got to see the look on the burglars' faces when they realized their plan was foiled. He was long gone.
Operator: They'll be a little confused when they come outside.
Rosario: I hope so. That was kind of the point.
The men fled, leaving behind all the loot.
"They didn't get anything. We've got fingerprints. They lost their van," Rosario said.
And Rosario got the satisfaction of knowing that for once, it was the burglars who got bungled big time.
"It was a good feeling, I've gotta say," he said.
Rosario was greeted with high-fives from responding deputies, but he admits taking the getaway car wasn't the safest move.
Rosario has since invested in a new alarm system. The burglars remain on the loose. A description was not available.
Tags: homeowner steals crooks van, foils burglary, taste of their own medicine
Location: Bellevue, Washington, United States (load item map)
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