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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Police say a man is dead and another is hurt after a botched car theft in Philadelphia’s Roxborough neighborhood. Neighbors in Roxborough woke up to homicide detectives walking around the property after a man died while trying to steal another man’s car, police say.
The alleged thief may have gotten away with stealing a man’s car from the driveway on the 8100 block of Ridge Avenue if the car’s owner didn’t confront him.
The incident happened around 5:30 a.m. Wednesday.
Detectives say a 36-year-old man, who authorities have not yet named, tried stealing a car parked in the driveway.
A homeowner saw what was happening, came outside and a fight broke out between the two.
That’s when neighbors say the homeowner was seen throwing a punch, knocking the thief backward, when he hit his head on the porch.
Later Wednesday morning, many neighbors woke up to homicide investigators.
“It’s an accident, it’s a horrible accident, but there is a lot of car break-ins around here and it’s come to the point that neighbors have to stand up for themselves,” neighbor Kim Repetsky said.
Another eyewitness said the car owner’s wife intervened with a gun, but no shots were fired.