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The Tennessean, Nashville, TN, 01/29/02

Wednesday, May 1, 2002

Nancy Polanski of Dickson County, Tenn., frightened off a would-be burglar when, armed with a rifle, she confronted a man who broke in through her back door. Polanski noticed a strange car pull into her driveway about noon one Wednesday. A man and woman got out of the car and walked up to her door. The homeowner later told police she did not respond to their knock at her door as she did not recognize the couple. The man broke a pane of glass so he could open her back door from the inside. Polanski grabbed her rifle and then confronted the man, asking him what he wanted. The intruder replied that he didn't know anyone was at home, apologized, and left the premises, according to a police report. "I believe this is a good example of an armed citizen preventing a serious crime," said Dickson County Sheriff Tom Wall. "Not only did Mrs. Polanski prevent her belongings from being stolen, she may well have saved her own life."
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