'Vigilante Granny' confronts burglar

'Vigilante Granny' confronts burglar

64-year-old grandmother Candace Flitton stops a crime in progress and calls police.
COTTONWOOD HEIGHTS (ABC4 News) - To her eleven grandkids, 64 year old Candace Flitton is simply "Nana" but when she noticed a suspicious man in her neighborhood, she became the "Vigilante Granny" and followed him in her minivan to neighbor Dave Durrant's house.

There she saw 32 year old Ian Shaw carrying some of Durrant's tools.

"He was running out of the garage with a bucket full of really nice tools," Flitton told ABC4 News. "I just stopped and rolled down my window and said 'Hey you put that back. That doesn't belong to you.' And he said 'No it's mine' and I said, 'No it isn't you put it back now. I'm calling 9-1-1.' He said 'You're calling 9-1-1?" I said 'Yes. Put it back now. I'm just stalling and he went and put it back."

Not long after that Cottonwood Heights Police Officers put Shaw in the back of a squad car.

"She did everything she was supposed to do," Cottonwood Heights Police Sergeant Corbett Ford said. "Even the part about confronting the male, sometimes that can be a dangerous thing but she confronted him verbally and didn't try to confront him physically and try to stop him or anything like that."

"I wasn't afraid of him," Flitton said. "I was mad. I guess I just got into my mother mode and said 'put that back now'."

Shaw was apparently not new at this. Police discovered that since May 2nd, he has sold 123 items to local pawn shops, mainly power tools, lawnmowers and weed whackers.

Thursday afternoon, Durrant was using his cordless drill to fix a hinge on his side gate. Durrant told ABC4 he's thankful to have a neighbor like Mrs. Flitton.

"Had she not stopped him," Durrant said. "I wouldn't have been able to do my work so it's a good thing."

"I don't know if I'm the hero," Flitton said. "I'm just wanting to be involved and knowing that I want to protect my neighborhood and my families here."

Shaw was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail on charges of burglary, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphenalia. He could face additional charges if Cottonwood Heights Police officers determine the items he pawned were stolen.

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