WEBSTER GROVES, Mo. (KMOV) -- A Webster Groves man says he held three would-be car burglars at gunpoint outside his home Friday night.
James Tillay said he spotted four suspicious people near his home in the 1200 block of Elm Drive around 2 a.m.
Tillay said he saw a man come from the side of the house. He then opened the front door and saw his checkbook lying in his yard.
“I grabbed my gun and they went up the street and I waited,” Tillay said. “And when they came here I came from around this tree. I acted crazy because that scares them a bit.”
He said that’s when he knew the suspects went into his car parked in the driveway.
Tillay says he called police and then got his 9 mm handgun and surprised the individuals on his front lawn. One person ran off, but three stayed put until police arrived.
"You get to the point where you say if I can only stop this one time and send the message out. We're getting tired of this in this neighborhood," Tillay said.
Webster Groves Police said in a statement they did not recommend people try to intervene in any way especially if the situation involves criminal action.
Police have not charged the three suspects, but they say their investigation is ongoing.