A rural Columbus homeowner held off two burglary suspects at gunpoint early Saturday until police could arrive to arrest them and a third individual who was later found hiding in a vehicle.

Eric Simo, 44, a southern Bartholomew County landscaper and greenhouse owner, said he went outside about 6 a.m. Saturday to get produce from his greenhouse to take to the Indianapolis Winter Farmers Market, which was scheduled to start a few hours later.

When heading out his front door, Simo said he could see a dark-colored pickup truck, visible due to an overhead light by the barn on his property at 1270 E. County Road 450 South.

Simo and his wife, Edith, operate Southern Crossroads Garden Center from their property in Wayne Township.

Instead of grabbing spinach and salad greens growing in one of his two greenhouses, as he originally intended to do, Simo said he went back into the house for his Glock 9 mm pistol, loaded with a full magazine of 15 bullets.

Read the rest of the story in Sunday’s Republic.