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It is Really Not the Time to Be a Career Thief

(Fuckin’ amateurs.) 

Props to CP reader Frndlylion for the find, which involves yet another criminal getting his comeuppance at the hands of a mixed martial artist. We’ve seen them get rubber-guarded by some 10th Planet boys in a hotel lobby, we’ve seen them get beat to hell by an unnamed UFC champ, and we’ve even seen them get chased down by a current UFC champ. The latest story comes to us from Davenport, Iowa, where a 23 year old local by the name of Justin Tincher not only thwarted a robbery attempt on his girlfriend’s car, but managed to chase down the robber, bare foot and shirtless, and pin him to the pavement until the police came. The QCTimes explains:

Bishop Thornton allegedly jiggled the handles of several locked cars in the 700 block of Franklin Avenue, Davenport, last weekend before he came to an unlocked one belonging to Justin Tincher’s girlfriend. The 2002 Ford Focus was parked in front of Tincher’s house.

When Tincher saw the attempted theft in progress, he bolted out of his house without socks, shoes or a shirt, chased Thornton down Franklin Avenue, tackled the 19-year-old East Moline man and had him pinned until police arrived.

Tincher, 23, is a former mixed martial arts fighter.

“I don’t take kindly to people messing with my house, my girlfriend or my family,” Tincher said last week while still recovering at home after the ordeal.

He claims Thornton punched and kicked him while he had the suspect pinned. He also claims Thornton bit him on the left side of his torso after police arrived. The bite mark still was visible Friday afternoon.

We don’t take kindly to people messing with our homes, girlfriends, or families either, Justin. Perhaps you’ve heard what MRuss did to that intruder he found in his home last Christmas. Grizzly stuff. But to this “handle jiggler” we must ask; A FORD FOCUS? That’s the getaway vehicle you chose? Memphis Raines you are not.

As it turns out, Tincher had both his neighbors and his dogs to thank for alerting him to the intruder:

Tincher said he became suspicious something was wrong when his three dogs wouldn’t stop barking. He peeked out his front door window and saw a neighbor in his driveway, frantically waving at him.

When he went outside, he saw the smashed window of his girlfriend’s car. He saw that alert neighbors had pulled a pickup in front of the car, blocking Thornton’s path of escape if he had successfully hot-wired the car. He said neighbors had followed Thornton when they saw him jiggling car handles.

“With Christmas shopping and everything, it slipped our minds to lock our car,” Tincher said.

With all the injustices that pass before our very eyes each day, it’s nice to see that some punks get what they have coming in a real world setting. Sorry Bas, you know we love you, but the show is just…terrible.

One thing’s for sure, as more and more of us decide to step away from our computers and into the nearest basement, gym, or million dollar training facility, we can only expect to hear more awesome stories like this one in the future. LET’S TAKE BACK OUR STREETS, POTATO NATION!!


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NinjaVanish- December 20, 2011 at 11:10 pm
We don't fuck around in Iowa.
itsgalf- December 20, 2011 at 12:18 pm
Sloppyspray- December 20, 2011 at 11:20 am
@RearNakedSpoon - hahaha great reference. Bro you stole my bong!
Mofo- December 20, 2011 at 10:52 am
Apparently the car window was made of Hollywood sugar glass:
"The suspect found a cellphone and chucked it at the driver’s side window, causing it to shatter."
Mofo- December 20, 2011 at 10:45 am
Danga that google search is the kind of high level journalism you could be aspiring to!
RearNakedSpoon- December 20, 2011 at 10:12 am
People in ear shot of the incident could hear someone shout "say goodnight" followed by a light slapping noise.
Seriously though, more good press for MMA. :up:
ArmFarmer- December 20, 2011 at 9:45 am
You guys should do one of your top 10 lists for this.. I've seen a good number of stories and videos of martial artists handling criminals and bullies. I could definitely provide at least a half dozen stories or videos.
ArmFarmer- December 20, 2011 at 9:28 am
Was thinking same thing as you guys..
Sloppyspray- December 20, 2011 at 9:12 am
Beat me too it Nomad!
Sloppyspray- December 20, 2011 at 9:11 am
Wait, so the thief found a car that was unlocked and decided to break the window anyway!?!? What a fucking dick.
macreadysshack- December 20, 2011 at 9:10 am
Lol - good catch, Nomad!
macreadysshack- December 20, 2011 at 9:09 am
Good guys train harder than bad guys.
NomadRip- December 20, 2011 at 9:09 am
Why was the window smashed if the car was unlocked? Am I having a reading comprehension fail?