A former MMA fighter with over two decades of professional fighting experience recently exited a gym to find his vehicle had been broken into. Ryan Jensen walked to the parking lot of the Omaha gym that he owns and operates, saw the trunk to his vehicle open and realized everything had been “ransacked.”
The thieves had stolen his wallet, and a scooter owned by Jensen’s 4-year-old daughter.
That’s when he decided to get even. Not with his fists, but with his head.
Jensen pulled up surveillance tape of the crime to identify the criminals, then viewed transactions on his online bank account to determine they were at a local Walmart.
When Jensen checked his bank account, he had his answer. A nearby Walmart is where the last transaction with Jensen’s credit card, was made. So, that’s exactly where Jensen went.
He says, “We ended up finding them and the guy was sitting in the front seat. I ended up coming in and blocking the car in. Once I blocked the car in, I got out of the car, knocked on the window and was like, ‘Hey, you’ve got all my stuff. Cops are on their way. You’re not going anywhere.'”
From there, Jensen says the male, identified by police as 30 year-old, Michael Stafford, took off running into the store.
Jensen recalls, “I was tailing him and kind of yelling, “Thieves! This guy stole all my stuff! Where’s the security? Where’s the police?”
Turns out, they weren’t far behind.
Jensen says, “I mean, it was on the ground, put them down, handcuffed them, they did everything – crime lab came out.”
Police arrested Stafford and 30 year-old, Cassandra Preister. Both are now facing a slew of charges, including theft and use of a stolen credit card.
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Jensen reminded the criminals that things could have been worse.
“I definitely could have reacted way differently in that situation, especially with my background,” he said.
Did these would-be robbers escape what surely would have been a worse punishment if Jensen lost his temper?