Feisty Grandma Fights Off Lawn Mower Thieves

Feisty Grandma Fights Off Lawn Mower Thieves

by Kim Powell
NewsWest 9

ODESSA - "It could have been a murder, over what? A lawn mower?" Raquel Pineda said.

The 63-year-old is lucky she was able to walk away with minor injuries after three thieves tried to steal her lawn mower from her yard.

"I thought they would stop once they see that I was not letting the lawn mower go but instead they continued. That's how I got all of my knees scraped and got one of my teeth knocked out and my elbow scraped," Pineda said.

The feisty grandma was sitting in her living room watching her novellas when she saw a shadow walk past her window. When she peeked out, she saw two men hijacking her lawn mower.

"And that's when war broke out," Pineda said.

With her adrenaline pumping, Pineda leaped over her porch steps and grabbed the lawn mower by the handles that were sticking outside of the door, that's when one of the suspects yelled at the female driver to step on it.

"I am taking my lawn mower back even if you have to drag me all the way to wherever you're going to sell this lawn mower," Pineda said.

The suspects dragged Pineda about 25 feet from the white Ford Explorer before the battle was finally over.

"I busted my sandals and everything and I just barefooted it, running with the truck hanging onto the lawn mower until I was finally able to pull the lawn mower out and one of the wheels broke and I said, 'one for me,'" Pineda said.

Even though the lawn mower is broken, Pineda says she is just upset with the principle of the matter.

"It just worries me that it was daylight and they were so brave to just drive up to somebody's driveway and take their property," Pineda said. "You don't steal from me. I never stole from anybody. I had to work for everything I have."

The three suspects are described as Hispanic and in their 30's. If you have any information on the case, please call Odessa Police or Crime Stoppers at 333-TIPS.