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Gun-wielding mom scares off home burglar

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) - It was 3:49 a.m. last Thursday. A surveillance camera rolled as a brazen crook broke into a home near Lamberton and Morris in New Haven's Hill neighborhood. Video shows the no-gooder inch his way from the basement and scope out the living room.

"My dog started barking," the victim told only News 8's Mario Boone.  We're not showing her face nor exact house because the suspect remains loose.

"Well, he came in with his pants down so, looks like he had some intent," she said.  

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What he didn't bank on, though, a pistol-packing single mother sleeping inside.  "I went straight for my protection, grabbed something and went downstairs." Dazed and confused, the gun-wielding mama bear prepared to confront the burglar, who quickly realized he picked the wrong crib and high-tailed it out the front door.

"Definitely relieved," she told us. 

Turns out this wasn't the burglar's first attempt. A next door neighbor saw the felon casing the block a day earlier and called the cops. Yet, he got away before the good guys rolled up. He, too, didn't want his face shown. 

"I was not going to let it go," he said.  "They're my neighbors. If it happened to them, it could happen to me, it could happen to anybody." 

The homeowner said until he's caught, "He just needs to be careful because he just might get got."

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