Elderly couple confronts car crook

Posted at 11:09 AM, Sep 24, 2015

An elderly Tulsa couple is recovering after confronting the person they say stole their car.

When Billy Ansiel and Sandy Boaz saw their stolen car driving around east Tulsa, they took matters into their own hands. And they weren't going to let a little thing like age stop them.

After reporting their Sedan stolen Wednesday morning, Ansiel and Boaz were shocked to see their car just blocks from their home.

They immediately followed it. 

"We work too hard to get this stuff and to pay for it and for somebody to come along and take it from us," said Boaz. "I thought if I get ahold of him, I'm going to hurt him."

When they confronted the driver, he punched Ansiel in the face. It didn't stop there. 

"My husband's trying to hold him to keep him from driving off," Boaz said. "He pulled us both down the street."

After dragging the couple several feet, the driver took off. The car was OK, just a little scratched up.

"It's just skin. They didn't floor it hardly," said Ansiel.

A few minutes later, police found their car abandoned behind a nearby church. The driver was nowhere to be found, leaving a long list of lessons learned for an elderly couple that refused to back down.

"We'll have to change the locks on the house cause he still has the keys and do something with the truck," said Boaz. "We will be watching everything now ... age has not a thing to do with it."

"It wouldn't hurt for him to get a job and work just like I got mine," Ansiel said.

Police are using information from the couple to search for the suspect. The license plate from their car had been removed, but police were able to recover it from another car. 

Officers advise against ever confronting a criminal regardless of your age. They say it is not worth the risk. 


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