Kenosha homeowner holds burglar at gunpoint until police arrive

CREATED Oct. 16, 2012 - UPDATED: Oct. 16, 2012

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KENOSHA- A 66-year-old man from Kenosha is telling his story of how he thwarted a home burglary attempt.

George Polanin says he was in bed around 8:20 p.m. Monday when he heard "something dropped" in his house.

Polanin told Newsradio 620 WTMJ's "Wisconsin's Afternoon News with John Mercure" that he knew someone was in his house, and he got his gun.

"I yelled 'I have a weapon,'" says Polanin.

Next, he says he heard someone going down his basement steps.

"I told him if you don't show yourself, I'm coming down and if you do something wrong -- 'I'll shoot you,'" says Polanin. 

Polanin says the suspect showed himself and then got on the ground.

"I told him 'don't move', then I called 9-1-1."

Polanin says he held the suspect at gunpoint until police arrived and arrested him.

"I was angry, not scared," says Polanin, a Vietnam veteran.  "This was no big thing, confronting another person."

Polanin didn't need to use his weapon in this case, but insists if he needed to use it he would have.

"As soon as I draw a gun I automatically figure I'm going to have to use it," says Polanin.  "I was just hoping I didn't have to."

Polanin insists that a vast majority gun owners have their weapon(s) to protect themselves.

"All I was doing was protecting my house."

The Kenosha County District Attorney's Office has charged 18-year-old Lorenzo Jones with burglary.  That charge is a Class E felony and carries a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison and/or a $50,000 fine.

Jones allegedly told officers "I just came in looking for something to eat.  I am really hungry."

Suspect Lorenzo Jones appeared in court Tuesday.  He told investigators he already has four children with a fifth on the way.  Jones claimed he planned to sell stolen televisions from the robbery attempt to feed his family. 

He has a preliminary hearing set for next Tuesday.