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Home Owner Fights Back After Being Robbed

Police always warn against taking the law into your own hands, but after being ripped off for over a year these home owners had enough.

Security footage captured a man revisiting a home in Chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada and stealing anything he could get his hands on.

"This is a constant problem. It's an escalating problem in our town," one of the home owners Nicole Lezzi told CTV British Columbia.

Rob and Nicole Lezzi said they have been robbed of everything from iPods to hand tools and attachments for their truck.

The couple said that they have improved their fences, put on better locks and set up security cameras, but the thieves kept coming back.

So now they're shooting them with paint.

Rob said that shooting them with a paint balls is the best way to deal with the problem since it has escalated so much.

"I didn't want to shoot him with a pellet gun, because you're going to make him bleed, like really bleed, like get stuff inside you and get infected," he explained. "You get hit with a paintball, it's like getting punched. I didn't want to punch him, so a paintball just seemed like the logical thing."

RCMP Const. Tracey Wolbeck warns that vigilante justice like this is both dangerous and potentially illegal.

"We can't support that. They need to call us; we're the professionals. We have the tools to deal with that, the skills and the training to deal with that. These can be very volatile situations," she said.

What do you think? Should they leave it to the police, or take matters into their own hands?

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