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Woman confronts burglars in her home, shoots at escape vehicle

A Bullitt County woman's Mother's Day ends with a smashed pickup and her shooting at thieves.  The victim says her muddy backyard helped police arrest the two suspects.

Donna Dedas came home Sunday to discover two men in her home.  From there she says her first thought was to grab her gun, as she saw they had some of her jewelry.  " I told him to get down, he started emptying his pockets," she told Fox 41's Bennett Haeberle.

It wasn't the Mother's Day Dedas was expecting:  "And I told him get down on the ground, now."  She says they tried to take jewelry her daughter had given her -- items with sentimental value:  "They just don't have a right to come in your house."

When she and her son returned Sunday they, found two men burglarizing her home.  Donna's son came around and noticed that they had entered the front door.  Looking at it, you can see they obviously broke into it.  There is even a shoe print left.

But their first thought was to use their truck to block them in.  Donna says, "I know we surprised them and parking behind them was definitely a surprise."

Once spooked, the two suspects smashed into Donna's truck before freeing themselves.  That's when Donna grabbed her gun:  "And when they got back, I just fired at the truck and I hit the truck."

The two didn't get very far. The weekend rain had softened Donna's yard.  She says, "The mud was wonderful yesterday.  It was just wonderful to have mud yesterday."

It forced the burglars to take off on foot.  Hours later, police would arrest the two at a house about four miles away.

Donna knows she's lucky the suspects didn't harm her or her son.  Police found them with a .357 Rueger, along with cash, jewelry, computers, and a set of tires.

Detectives say James Brewer and Larry Tedrow are suspected of being involved in at least a dozen burglaries.

Scotty McGaha with the Bullitt County Sheriff's Department says, "We knew these people were just terrorizing the county.  They were hitting too many houses.  They needed to be stopped, taken off the street."

It was enough drama for Donna, who says she'd rather not repeat a Mother's Day like this one:  "Not at all, and I don't want another one."

Detective Scotty McGaha with the Bullitt County Sheriff's Department says more arrests are pending.

Tedrow and Brewer are being held at the Bullitt County Detection Center on $10,000 bond.

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