Today’s winner is Gregory St. Germain. He gets the award for the following.
A would-be burglar met his match when he tried to elude Margo Foster, a marathon runner with a black belt in karate who also knows kickboxing and kung fu, police said.
On Friday morning, the 53-year-old Lighthouse Point resident returned home from tennis practice to find an intruder rummaging through her bedroom.
Without thinking twice, she said in an interview, she bolted through the living and dining rooms and followed the startled man out to the backyard. Police said he had one of Foster’s backpacks strapped on his shoulders, filled with her property. She wanted it back.
A seven-block-long chase had just begun. Lighthouse Point police corroborated Foster’s version of events, and without endorsing her gutsy conduct, said she had evidently been up to the challenge.
“Luckily, it turned out OK,” said police Commander Mike Oh, a spokesman for the Lighthouse Point department.
As related by Foster, the intruder began to climb the 6-foot-high wooden fence in the yard, when she “grabbed him by the neck, ripped him off the fence.. threw him to the ground, and put my knee to his chest.”
The two struggled for a few minutes, Foster in her white tennis skirt, before the burglar dropped the bag and started running again.
“Go ahead and run,” the former yacht detailer said she yelled. “You’re not going to get away from me. I’ve been running for 40 years.”
Police said the burglar headed north on Lighthouse Drive into the city of Deerfield Beach and then turned right on Southeast 14th Street, before he got tired and started walking. Foster followed behind and flagged down a motorist, who called police.
“I outran the kid,” said Foster. “He had no cardiovascular system.”
Gregory St. Germain, 24, was arrested by Lighthouse Point police and charged with burglary to an occupied dwelling, battery, possession of stolen property and grand theft. Police said Foster recovered all of her property, including what Foster said was a gold identification bracelet given to her as a teenager by a boyfriend as a Christmas present.
First, way to go Margo Foster.
I like this story, because it takes place about two blocks from where I lived from 1976 to 79 before joining the Navy.(Another Sun-Sentinel article located the Foster home at the 2600 block of 53rd Ct. My family’s home was in the 2900 block of 53rd street) Lighthouse Point is a small North Broward municipality, and didn’t have much crime when I lived there.
Gregory St. Germain needs to be in better physical shape if he wants to pursue a life of crime, in the meantime he is today’s Knucklehead of the Day.