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VIDEO: Pistol-packing Vegas homeowner chases would-be package thief

The homeowner is a former bounty hunter
Posted: 10:55 PM, Mar 11, 2019
Updated: 2019-03-12 06:29:30Z
A pistol-packing Las Vegas homeowner confronted a would-be package thief and chased him down the street in Northwest Las Vegas, Friday.
A pistol-packing Las Vegas homeowner confronted a would-be package thief and chased him down the street in Northwest Las Vegas, Friday.
A pistol-packing Las Vegas homeowner confronted a would-be package thief and chased him down the street in Northwest Las Vegas, Friday.
A pistol-packing Las Vegas homeowner confronted a would-be package thief and chased him down the street in Northwest Las Vegas, Friday.
A pistol-packing Las Vegas homeowner confronted a would-be package thief and chased him down the street in Northwest Las Vegas, Friday.
A pistol-packing Las Vegas homeowner confronted a would-be package thief and chased him down the street in Northwest Las Vegas, Friday.

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — A pistol-packing Las Vegas homeowner confronted a would-be package thief and chased him down the street in northwest Las Vegas on Friday.

Alex Mazzola said he was at home around 3:45 p.m., last week, watching TV and his home surveillance cameras when he noticed a vehicle park right in front of his home near North Durango and 215.

"I could tell they were real slow and kind of shady," said Mazzola.

Moments later, the video shows a man exit the SUV and walks to Mazzola's driveway.

Mazzola said the man was likely after a package that had been delivered earlier in the day.

"As soon as I see the way he's walking with his hat down, I'm like "oh yeah, they're gonna steal my package," said Mazzola.

"I open the door, and he was scared," said Mazzola.

A Ring doorbell camera shows Mazzola running with a gun in hand after the would-be package thief.

The man can be seen running down the street and out of the home surveillance camera's view.

"When I chased him, and he kept running, I said "dude, it doesn't matter you were already caught, I have your Suburban, so I stopped chasing him," said Mazzola.

Seconds later, Mazzola can be seen walking back toward his home when he notices another person inside the SUV is now in the driver's seat, reversing away from the armed confrontation.

"I was a bounty hunter, I've arrested MS-13 guys, I've arrested some bad guys while doing bounty hunting," said Mazzola.

A passerby told Mazzola the vehicle had been ditched around the corner in the neighborhood.

Personal safety experts do not recommend confronting thieves.

"We also have to remember law enforcement is reactive," said Nephi Oliva from Las Vegas gunfights.

"They're just not magically going to have an officer show up and stop someone from committing a crime, or being violent towards you," added Olvia.

Mazzola said Las Vegas police informed him the vehicle was stolen and officers were able to locate additional packages inside the SUV.

13 Action News is working to confirm whether police were able to track down the individuals involved in the attempted package theft.

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