City homeowner assaulted during burglary
By Brent Curtis
STAFF WRITER | December 04,2012
A Rutland man who interrupted a burglary at his Oak Street Extension home was hospitalized Monday night after he was assaulted by the intruder, according to city police.
The man, who police did not identify Monday, arrived at his 11 Oak St. home at about 3 p.m. to find a roughly 6-foot-tall man burglarizing his home.
“It was evident that items had been moved and that a burglary was taking place,” Detective Cpl. David LaChance said. “During the incident the homeowner confronted the individual and was assaulted by him.”
LaChance said police were withholding details of the incident, including whether a weapon was used during the assault. But the detective said the injuries inflicted on the 26-year-old homeowner were severe enough to send him to Rutland Regional Medical Center for treatment of “severe injuries to the facial area.”
The intruder fled on a bicycle through the woods on the south side of the property, LaChance said. The detective said police are waiting for the homeowner to recover to determine what, if anything, was taken from the home.
The burglar is described as a tall and thin white man wearing a sweat shirt and possibly khaki pants.
Residential burglaries have been a growing problem in the city — LaChance said 17 were reported last month.
Most occur when houses are empty and intruders almost always flee the scene when homeowners return, the detective said.
“It’s definitely uncommon to have a burglar be assaultive. Usually, they just run away,” he said.
Residents who interrupt burglaries are advised to call the police, LaChance said, and not try to confront or apprehend them.”
“The smart thing to do is let them leave,” he said. “Don’t try to pursue them because you don’t know if they have a weapon.”