76-Year-Old Pennsylvania Woman Scares Off Burglar With Shotgun


A 76-year-old Pennsylvania woman chased off an intruder with her shotgun after the suspect broke into her home Monday.

State police say the 76-year-old woman pulled out her shotgun and scared off the intruder who was inside her Ararat Township house, according to WNEP-TV.

The incident happened around 1:30 a.m. Monday when Carole Motsko heard noises downstairs.

Motsko called 911, got out her shotgun and yelled out a warning to the man at the bottom of the stairs.

Police say the man ended up taking off from Motsko’s home with only her purse.

“I was born and raised in this area. You would never think anything like this would ever happen. Everybody knew everybody on the road until maybe a few years ago. I started seeing some changes, some trespassers, people getting a little more bold,” neighbor Lisa Saam said, according to PA Homepage.

“This woman was in her house in the middle of the night by herself and thank goodness she had a gun and she threatened him, then he ran, I mean, he took her purse,” neighbor Marianne Korty told WNEP.

Motsko did not want to go on camera but says she has a shotgun to protect herself and her home.

“I think she did the right thing. She has every right to protect what is hers and she did the right thing,” said Kelly Ford.

“I would have done the same thing,” said Michelle Calafut.  “Exactly the same thing. I have guns in my house. I would have done the same thing.”

Motsko says anyone who breaks into her home should expect a gun pulled on them.

“Nobody has the right to break into or steal somebody else’s property so she was protecting what’s hers,” said Ford.

Susquehanna County state police say Motsko did not fire any shots from her gun and she wasn’t hurt in the ordeal. Troopers are conducting an investigation into the break-in.


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