An Augusta man nearly got shot after he chased down a lawn mower thief Sunday afternoon, according to a Richmond County Sheriff’s report.
Around 4 p.m., police were called to the 500 block of Milledge Road, where 41-year-old Brian Welsh said he had seen a man take a lawn mower and blower out of his backyard. He said he yelled at the man, who ran away but hung onto the equipment.
Welsh chased the man until he let go of the mower and jumped into the passenger’s side of a blue Ford Expedition. The thief then reached into the glove compartment, pulled out a black pistol and pointed it at Welsh, who gave up the chase.
The Ford was last seen heading north on Milledge Road.