Police said an Indiana man found an intruder dead in his home—trapped under his family’s 900-pound safe.
Hollingsworth made the grisly discovery a day after he first reported the break-in to police.
“My mind couldn’t comprehend it. This can’t be real. It’s like some strange tale,” the man told Fox59.
‘I’m Thinking — He’s Dead’
The homeowner was checking his property—located about 70 miles north of Indianapolis—to determine what had been stolen after the robbery and was “cleaning the clutter in his garage.” That’s when Hollingsworth discovered his safe—which was suspended by a floor jack—had been knocked over.
“Upon further inspection Mr. Hollingsworth found a body lying underneath the safe,” the police said.
“I came in and told my wife, ‘I think we’ve got a dead body out there.’ She thought I was kidding,” said Hollingsworth, according to Fox59.
The man’s wife called 911.
“The officer walked in and said, ‘Buddy. Hey buddy,'” said Hollingsworth. “I’m thinking he’s dead. Come on now.”
The fire department had to be called to lift the safe and remove the man’s body, according to the police.
Hollingsworth said even if the burglar had succeeded in stealing the massive safe, it would have been pointless.
“There’s nothing in it. It’s empty. It’s just one my dad had,” he said. “What a horrible way to die,” he added, according to Fox59.
The identity of the deceased man has not been released, pending notification of family members, the Indianapolis Star reported.
79-Year-Old Woman Fends Off Burglar With a Pistol
A 79-year-old Georgia woman was recorded in a dramatic midnight 911 call as she tackled a 20-year-old burglar.
When deputies arrived at the house in Jackson County, Georgia, on Feb. 12, they found a burglar cowering in the closet.
He was later identified as Hans Edward Rogers, charged with burglary and home invasion, according to county jail records.
The homeowner heard someone trying to get in a window and went to her back door to look out, at which time a black male was standing there.
In the recording of the dispatch call, obtained later by WXIA, the woman can be heard repeatedly challenging what she initially thought were two invaders in her home.
“They’re trying to get in the back door,” the woman tells the dispatcher about 30 seconds into the call. “Hurry. Hurry. Please.”
The 911 dispatcher asks her where she is in the house.
“I’m in the kitchen, and I’m watching the door that they were trying to get in. Ooh, they’re breaking glass,” she said.
The burglar cowered in a closet until deputies arrived to arrest him — a 20-year-old man subdued by a 79-year-old woman.
Then she can be heard shouting, “Okay, come on! I got something for you!”
As the 911 dispatcher tries to discourage her from confronting any attackers, the sound of a gunshot is heard.
According to WXIA, she had fired a pistol outside in the direction of the burglar, who then ran round to another door, and broke in.
As the dispatcher continues to reassure her that law enforcement is on the way, the woman said that she can hear the intruder upstairs, ransacking the rooms and apparently talking.
She waits for another two minutes in the kitchen, then her voice can be heard shouting “I’m waitin’ on ya’, come on! When you come down those stairs I’m gonna blow your damn brains out!”
Seconds later, she can be heard whispering, “I’m just scared, Ma’am … Please hurry. Please hurry.”
“Please, please dear God. Lord have mercy … please…”
Around seven minutes into the call, the woman can be heard shouting upstairs, then a shot is heard. “Come on punk!” she shouts. ” Come on down if you’re serious!”
“Ma’am, are you shootin’ at him again?” the 911 dispatcher asks.
“Yes, ma’am,” she answers.
Around eight minutes into the call, law enforcement entered the building and took the suspect into custody without incident.
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Rogers was booked into the Jackson County Jail and was held without bond.
He faced charges of felony first-degree burglary and felony home invasion, and a misdemeanor charge of criminal trespass.
Epoch Times staff reporter Simon Veazey contributed to this report.