72-Year-Old Man Stops 275-Pound Pickpocket In His Tracks (Video)

4/7/14 10:57AM EST

72 Year Old Man Stops 275 Pound Pickpocketer In His Tracks 72 Year Old Man Stops 275 Pound Pickpocket In His Tracks (Video)

screen shot via WILX

Just because he walks with a cane doesn’t mean he’s an easy mark. A bumbling 275-pound Detroit pickpocket learned this lesson when he tried to rob a 72-year-old man recently, WDIW reports. Surveillance video showed the elderly man beat back the pickpocket with his cane after the young man tries to go for his wallet.

Jeffrey Jones, a 5’10″ man who weighs about 275 lbs., allegedly followed Chet Dunham, 72, when he left a diner where he had breakfast. Jones approached Dunham with a less-than-subtle attempt to pick the man’s pocket. Then came the whack of the cane.

Dunham used his aluminum cane to beat Jones back, which led the robber to say he was “just kidding” about the botched robbery. It was a tough sell for Dunham, who watched the thief back off but stand his ground a few feet away.

“I’m just waiting to see if he comes back at me to attack me,” Dunham told WILX. “When I see his feet are planted I decide, ‘I’ve gotta get out of there and get help.’ I can’t do anything with him.”

The 72-year-old man walked into a bank to ask for help. Managers called the police, who arrived and arrested Jones on a felony charge of attempted larceny. He faces up to five years in prison for the failed robbery of Dunham’s wallet. Bail was set at $5,000, according to WILX.

Videos of this sort may not dissuade thiefs from plying their trade on unsuspecting elderly folks, but it should at least stop a few amateurs from trying to rob someone just because he walks with a cane. A walking stick can always double as a handy tool of self-defense.


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