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Vancouver man confronts thieves in the middle of the act; fights them off

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Bob Boltz chasing one of the suspects. Bob Boltz chasing one of the suspects.

A Vancouver man stumbles across FOX 12’s most wanted in the middle of trying to steal his neighbor’s trailer. So, he confronts them, fights them off and the whole thing is caught on camera.

This all happened in broad daylight Wednesday afternoon at a home on NE 107th Avenue.

Surveillance cameras mounted from four different spots along the NE Vancouver home where the trailer was parked capture the suspects as they made their move.

The video shows the two men as they back their truck right on up to trailer.  One man is then seen getting out of the car, to guide the other in. 

The whole time, the two were none the wiser, to Bob Boltz who was watching them from a distance.

“I knew Tony was at work and Angie was at work, so I went down to investigate,” said Boltz. “My daughter was in my pickup and I didn’t want her to get hurt, otherwise I would have blocked their car in.”

As soon as Boltz moved in on the men, the driver of the pick-up took off, leaving his partner in crime behind.

“The guy took off running, so I jumped out and started chasing him,” said Boltz. “I kicked my food out and he did a nose plant, then the fight was on. He hit me in the head, and I was like, ‘You just didn’t do that.’”

The two began wrestling each other in the middle of the street. Seconds later, Boltz’s 13-year -old daughter came to his rescue. 

“I kept saying to her, ‘call 911 call 911,’ but she couldn’t find my phone.  That’s because it was in my back pocket.  So, she came up running grabbed the phone out of my pocket and kicks the guy in the head.  She then gets on the phone.  She was yelling, ‘get off my dad, get off my dad.’”

Boltz says before police showed up, the man made a run for it, leaving behind his phone and a shoe.  

Boltz tells FOX 12 he’s a little sore, but is doing just fine all things considered.  He is just happy he could help out a friend.

“That’s what neighbors do, we protect each other,” said Boltz. “Don’t mess with this neighborhood cause we’ll get you.”

Vancouver Police say they searched the neighborhood but couldn’t find the driver of that truck, or his accomplice that got away on foot.

If you recognize them, or know anything about the incident, give Vancouver police a call.

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