|Updated: 9/22 10:26 pm
||Published: 9/22 10:23 pm
Thieves targeted a local auto shop four times in one week, but the owner is sending a very clear message. They aren't welcome.
Last week, FOX23 told you about a Turley auto shop owner who took the law into his own hands.
Saturday night, he had to do it again, this time hiding in a tow truck.
The owner feels the sheriff’s office isn't patrolling near his auto shop like they should be.
You may remember him, Daniel Louis. He owns Auto Joy.
“I wasn’t going to let him run away. I beat him so bad he couldn’t move,” Louis told FOX23 last Thursday.
He thought his message was clear, but apparently not.
“The day after the report, the guy came, stole some rims off this Dodge Caliber,” Louis told FOX23 Sunday.
This time it was a different thief. Louis believes this time around, a man named Patrick Ray stole from him.
Louis was worried he'd come back for more, so he staked out the area.
Around 3 a.m., Ray pulled up.
Louis said Ray began stealing rims off his cars.
“That's when my phone made a noise,” Louis said. “You know the noise that it makes when it's about to die.”
Louis said that’s when Ray came towards his tow truck, so Louis jumped out and grabbed his bat.
“He had the tire iron in his hand,” Louis told FOX23. “He acted like he was about to hit me, so I swung the bat and that's when he took off running."
Louis chased Ray down 56th Street north until deputies caught up with them.
Ray’s behind bars, but Louis said he can't keep doing this. Standing guard is wearing him thin. He wants deputies to keep a better eye on the area.