Alleged Car Thief Picks Wrong Car, Gets Held at Gunpoint Until Police Arrive

A policeman grabs his pistol, Germany, city of Braunlage, 12. January 2015. Photo by: Frank May/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images
Frank May/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images

On Memorial Day, an alleged car thief in Willimantic, Connecticut, picked the wrong car and was held at gunpoint by the car’s owner until police arrived.

The incident occurred in the afternoon.

According to NBC Connecticut, a resident was standing in his own front yard when he noticed 39-year-old Tye Wiegel allegedly trying to break into his car. The resident yelled for Wiegel to leave the car alone but was ignored. So the resident retrieved his gun and went to confront the alleged thief.

When he got to the car, Wiegel was allegedly inside of it. The resident pointed the gun at him, convincing him to stop.

When the police arrived, Wiegel was still inside the car with the owner still standing outside the vehicle, pointing the gun at him.

Willimantic police spokesman Cpl. Stanley Parizo Jr. said Wiegel was “also a suspect in a car break-in earlier [in the day].” Wiegel was charged with “sixth-degree larceny, criminal attempt to commit the crime and second-degree breach of peace.”

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