Two brothers each armed with .45-caliber guns busted a thief who had broken into one of their vehicles early yesterday morning and held him at gunpoint until police arrived, said Upper Darby Superintendent Michael Chitwood.
Police identified the thief, whose neck tattoos illustrate his affinity for the Rolling Stones and Philly's LOVE statue, as Ernest Lawton, 24, of Briarcliff Road near Radbourne.
Around 2:30 a.m., a man who lives on Briarcliff Road and has his car alarm synchronized with an alarm on his keychain, was awoken when the remote device went off, police said. He looked outside his window and saw someone breaking into his 2009 GMC Yukon.
That's when the man went to stir his brother, who was staying the night at his house. Both men grabbed their .45s, "armed for war" and went outside to confront Lawton, Chitwood said.