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Elderly farmer near Bois D’Arc pulls gun on 3 thieves who came back for more

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Elderly farmer near Bois D’Arc pulls gun on 3 thieves who came back for more

BOIS D’ARC, Mo. — An elderly cattle rancher recently came face-to-face with three thieves on his property, and he took the matter into his own hands. The thieves might have been arrested if Vance West had been able to get someone to help him.

Vance West, 92, is a veteran and father of three. He lives by himself outside Bois d’Arc on more than 100 acres.

“See, there’s where they left,” he told a reporter, pointing out tire tracks. “They will be back. I think they will be back.”

West says three men stole nearly $3,000 worth of equipment from one of his sheds. He missed the first time they came around, but not the second.

“He started climbing over the gate, and I told him not to climb over. He climbed over anyway, so I pulled a gun on him,” West said.

“I told him, ‘Do you see where it’s cocked?’ He says, ‘I can see,’” West said. “He was sassy. He told me he wasn’t going to do it.”

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