published Saturday, January 26th, 2013

Help pouring in for Georgia Army veteran who stopped burglar

ATHENS, Ga. — An Athens Army veteran who made headlines after he used a pistol to scare a burglar out of his home says he’s seeing an outpouring of support from people offering to help buy him a new door.

The Athens Banner-Herald reports that 53-year-old Mark Sikes, who uses a wheelchair and lives on a fixed income, says his phone hasn’t stopped ringing for two days and he’s shocked and a little embarrassed by all the attention. But he says he appreciates the help after having to borrow $750 to replace his front door.

Sikes says he was in bed Wednesday when a burglar kicked in his door. He says he pointed a pistol from his nightstand at the intruder and told him to leave. The burglar fled.

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