Yesterday, we brought you the story a the St. Petersburg man who blew out the tires of someone who more than deserved it. Today’s good news comes from Florida, as well. Check out this report from West Palm Beach:
Ralph Thomas picked the wrong place to break into early Friday morning.
That’s because parishioners have taken turns sleeping inside the Church of the Nazarene at 5312 Broadway in West Palm Beach to keep burglars at bay since their church was hit about two months ago.
So while Thomas, 47, climbed up on the roof about 1 a.m. and eyed a second story window, Juan Delfin was wide awake, listening and looking for any signs of prowlers.
“It just happened to be my night,” said Delfin, who covered the 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. shift. “The guys called us from downstairs from a cell phone and told us that they saw two men trying to break in.”
Delfin, 26, woke the other two men on his floor, Esteban Mendoza and Aristeo Paxtor. They got baseball bats and broomsticks and waited. “That was the plan,” said Delfin, who could hear Thomas talk to another man and called police.
Thomas broke a window on the north side of the building that led to a room with a desk and a computer. He climbed through the window and made his way to the door, police said.
“We were ready,” Mendoza, 24, said. “When he opened the door and walked out, one of our friends hit him with a bat.”
Perhaps I’ll spend my next vacation in Florida, as opposed to Texas.