Neighbor armed with stick foils gun-wielding burglars, deputies say

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VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. - Two accused burglars were behind bars Friday after a man caught them in the act of breaking into a neighbor’s home and held them there until deputies arrived, the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office said.

The burglars were armed with a knife and a loaded revolver, while the man who confronted them had only a stick, deputies said.

The burglary was reported about 10 a.m. Thursday in the 6100 block of Lake Winona Road in DeLeon Springs.

The man, who was not identified, told deputies that he was sitting with a woman on his porch when he saw two people taking items from the home of a neighbor, who was away.

He called his neighbor, who told him that there shouldn’t be anyone in her home, deputies said.

The man drove to the house, picked up a stick and confronted the burglars, later identified by investigators as Amber Kleinhenz, 18, and Lexus Mayle, 18, both of Ohio.

Using only the stick, the neighbor held the women at bay until deputies arrived and arrested them, VCSO said.

When Kleinhenz and Mayle were searched, investigators said they found $2,000 worth of jewelry, more than $3,000 in cash, medical supplies, drug paraphernalia, a knife and a loaded gun.

Both women were arrested and charged with armed burglary, carrying a concealed weapon during the commission of a felony, grand theft and possession of drug paraphernalia.

They are being held at the Volusia County Jail in lieu of bonds totaling $16,000 each.

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