A thief in Fort Myers, Florida picked the wrong house to rob last week. It probably looked like a good idea at the time, an open garage door revealing shelves full of expensive tools. However, unfortunately for robber Josue Ortiz the house he decided to rip off belonged to Brian Burch, an experienced wrestler and student of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He’s also not a small man. And was home at the time of the robbery.
Burch decided to investigate after he heard a noise in his garage. "He was standing right here carrying my jackhammer case and my airgun case," Burch told Florida’s NBC 2 affliate. Ortiz tried to play it off. "He told me that the boss sent him over here to pick up tools to finish a job," Burch recalls, but he wasn’t buying it, and when he continued asking questions, the thief made a break for it. Second bad idea of the day.
Burch caught Ortiz. "Once we got to the ground, he started pushing and fighting me, and I hit him one time," said Burch. "Once I had him, he wasn't going anywhere." A neighbor saw what was going on and called the police, who soon arrived to find the badly beaten and bloodied burglar. Ortiz was arrested and charged with burglary and grand theft. His car, which he had already filled with Burch’s tools, also had a fake tag. For his part, Burch says it could have been worse. For the burglar. "If the kids had been here, I probably would have been even angrier."
[Photo: Lee County Sheriff’s Office}