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Caught on camera: Business owner tries to stop suspected thief

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It wasn't a plan that was mapped out, but in the heat of the moment local business owner Michael "Mickey" Shefet decided to jump on a suspected would-be thief's car in order to stop the man from fleeing with metal scrap.

Newberry Township Police released surveillance video from the business that shows Shefet hanging on for dear life. The video then shows the car hit a median and you can see Shefet go flying.

"I just flew out of the car," Shefet told abc27.

After leaping onto the hood, Shefet, who owns York Haven Fabricators, thought his best bet would be to try to climb into the suspect's vehicle.

"I climbed in through the sunroof into the car, "Shefet said.

It's a move many have thankfully only seen in an action movie.

"Everybody was calling me Bruce Willis," Shefet said.

Shefet can joke because he only suffered bumps and bruises.

Police said the suspect, 32-year-old Timothy Pinti of New Cumberland, tried to flee after the crash but was apprehended by a police dog nearly an hour later.

He was bitten by the police dog and needed treatment, police said. Newberry Township Police Chief John Snyder told abc27 the dog did exactly what it was trained to do.

Pinti, who is being held in York County Prison for violating his probation, now faces a list of charges that include attempted simple assault, aggravated assault, recklessly endangering, theft by unlawful taking, and receiving stolen property.

"We have hard working people here. They all earn a livelihood here and to have a guy come and take from our stuff is just wrong," Shefet said.


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