Gun-Toting Granny Foils Armed Robbery

'I don't know why they selected that house, but they picked the wrong one'

Old woman with a gun

Old woman with a gun / AP


Three suspected criminals are in police custody after an armed Georgia grandmother foiled their attempt to rob her home on Friday.

Elaine Stiehl, 78, was settling in to take an afternoon nap when she heard a noise inside her Coweta County home. She grabbed and loaded her gun and went to investigate. Once she opened her bedroom door, she saw two men standing in her hallway.

The men, joined by a getaway driver, were in the process of stealing fur coats and power tools from Stiehl's home when she interrupted them. After seeing Stiehl's gun, the men took off for the door.

"I don't know why they selected that house, but they picked the wrong one," Colonel James Yarbrough of the Coweta County Sheriff's Office told Fox5.

The robbers did not get far, though. Police were able to stop their car a short time later.

"Neighbors were able to give us a description of the vehicle. We pulled it over and took the subjects into custody," Yarbrough said.

Police said they found a number of firearms in the robbers' car in addition to the fur coats and power tools. The suspects are being charged with burglary and weapons violations.

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Stephen Gutowski is a staff writer for the Washington Free Beacon. He founded his own site as a junior in college and has been writing about news and politics since that time. He spent 4 years with the Media Research Center and was most recently with the Capitol City Project. His email address is His twitter handle is @StephenGutowski.

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