TIMMINS - When Gilles Faubert woke up on Monday morning, the last thing he imagined doing was sprinting barefoot down the street and tackling a would-be thief.
But for the Wende Avenue resident, the fleeing suspect was the only thing he saw when he leaped the steps of his home and ran the suspect down as he reached the intersection of Wende Avenue and Preston Street. This was after the suspect had made off with items from his neighbour’s truck.
“I sprinted after him, right past my neighbour who was chasing him too,” said Faubert. “I caught up to him be the stop sign over there and just tackled him, as hard as I could, and he went right down.”
Soon after taking down the yet unnamed suspect, Timmins Police Servoce officers arrived in three cruisers, apprehending the suspect and thanking Faubert for his quick thinking.
“Apparently they’d been following this guy, keep track of him and were in the area looking for him,” said Faubert. “The officers from two of the cruisers couldn’t thank me enough for my help and I left feeling pretty satisfied, even if they didn’t take my name.”
Following a series of break-ins at his own home several years back, Faubert took it upon himself to organize a neighbourhood watch, to keep an eye over his little slice of southern Timmins.
“I had two break-ins in two years,” he said. “I had enough of it. I was sick of not feeling like my home was safe, so I talked to a few of the nieghbours and we decided that the best thing to do would be keep an eye on each other.
“I’m not the block boss any more, but I was for a long time and we’ve been safe for the most part.”
This isn’t the first time that Faubert has dealt with a situation on his own.
“After my house was broken into and nothing was done,” he said. “I took things into my own hands, asked around and before I knew it I had the names and addresses of everyone involved and I took that to the police.”
The long-time miner wants everyone to know all eyes are open in his neighbourhood.“I want this to be a lesson to these low lifes who think that they can steal from people who work hard for their money, hard for their success and hard for their families,” said Faubert. “You might be able to outrun the cops, you might be able to get away with it, but you’ll never get away from this community.
“We are here because we love this city, we love our neighbours and we love our safety,” he continued.
“Never forget that when you’re thinking about ruining someone’s life, because it just might ruin yours.”