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Jeffersonville Mayor fights teenage burglars at his home

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Jeffesonville Mayor Mike Moore posted this picture on his Facebook page after he caught five teens trying to burglarize his garage. Jeffesonville Mayor Mike Moore posted this picture on his Facebook page after he caught five teens trying to burglarize his garage.
JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (WDRB) -- The Mayor of Jeffersonville doesn't live in a mansion in the hills. His is a quaint home off Court Avenue, not far from City Hall. Mike Moore said some unwelcome visitors stopped by on Monday night.

"We'd just finished dinner," explained Mayor Moore. "I had the kids inside. I was doing the dishes. So I looked out the window here, and saw five kids walking through the neighborhood."

He said, "I can see one kid going into the garage, another coming out. I ran out of the house and started yelling at them."

The confrontation lead to a physical altercation, with the mayor fighting the teens.

"One of the kids comes riding right through here on his bike," said Moore. "This is where I grabbed his dreadlocks and brought him down. He starts flailing, the bike goes into the tree."

Moore said a neighbor called 911 as he struggled with the group. He guesses they were between the ages of 13 and 17.

"I'm still trying to hold this kid and fend this kid and another kid coming off," Moore said. "He starts swinging at me, and I let this kid's hair go, and when I did, they all took a break for it on foot and got out of here....They all got away..and I look down and I got two of their bicycles."

The Mayor still has two of the bikes and he's using them to find the kids, with pictures on Facebook turning up leads. The group was spotted crossing the Big Four Bridge from Louisville earlier that night.

Moore said the city located the kids on surveillance video.

"We'll get him," he said.

But he doesn't want to prosecute.

"No, no, no," he said. "I'd just like to have a few minutes with them to talk to them, to be honest with you."

The mayor is turning mentor.

"Just because you make a mistake as a teenager doesn't mean you are going to grow up to be a criminal your whole life," he said. "And I'd rather these kids get an opportunity to apologize and maybe change their ways before they go in further and future into trouble."

The Mayor says nothing was stolen from his garage.

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