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Brett Santo is in the Elyria, Ohio jail after picking the wrong house to burglarize. Earlier this week, he just walked into the home of Sarah Long as if he belonged there. He was approaching Long’s 15-year-old daughter when she noticed him and screamed. Long was in her bedroom at the time, and hearing the scream, she grabbed a handgun her boyfriend had given her and ran into the living room. Long and her 17-year-old daughter then chased Santo out of the house and down the street.

She called 9-1-1 and reported the attempted burglary and home intrusion. She was able to provide police with a detailed description of Santo who was located and arrested a short time later.

Long said she was thankful for the handgun from her boyfriend, who is a biker, and for him telling her to keep the gun close and handy.

A mother of three chased a would-be burglar out of her house with a pistol after he broke in just before 8 p.m. Monday.

According to a police report, Brett Santo, 33, of Chestnut Street, walked into Sarah Long’s home on Fourth Street and approached her 15-year-old daughter. Long’s 17-year-old daughter was the first to see Santo and screamed, launching Long into action, police said.

Police said Long grabbed a pistol by her bed and she charged at Santo, but dropped the gun while in her home. She and the 17-year-old then chased Santo out of the house and down the sidewalk until they lost sight of him by St. Mary’s Church.

Officers were dispatched to the area on a report of a burglary suspect fleeing the area and Long was able to provided police with a description…

While in police custody, Santo admitted to the attempted burglary, but did not say what his intentions were when he approached Long’s 15-year-old daughter. No one, except Santo, an say what he would have done had Long not had her gun, but everyone is certain that having the gun saved Long and her daughters from whatever Santo had in mind. He’s lucky she didn’t shoot him.

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