Three pensioners have been commended by police in Derbyshire, England, for capturing a burglar who was trying to steal jewelry from the home of a dead woman.
What's more, the police had been looking for the thief for a long time. So they kind of did the cops’ job for them.
70-year-old Peter Mueller was visiting his recently deceased mother-in-law's home when he spotted a man, later identified as Stephen Ward, standing in the corridor with a bag of jewelry.
"When I opened the door in the middle of the house, there was a burglar with a bag in his hand. He was astonished as the door opened," he recalled.
Mueller, along with elderly relatives Adly Gorrafa and Sheila Gorrafa, 81 and 78 years old, respectively, acted quickly and with great courage and tackled the burglar to the ground. They also held him on the floor while neighbors called the police and they arrived to arrest the thief.
"He starts to spring out with the bag and, when he went to run past us, we stopped him. I took one leg of his so he fell down, and all three of us go on his body and hold him. We cried to the neighbors to call the police," Mueller recalled.
The incredible trio has since been dubbed (rightfully so) "The Three Musketeers."
Police Chief Constable Mick Creedon presented them with Derbyshire Constabulary Awards and praised their "remarkable" bravery in putting themselves at risk to catch the crook.
The elderly hero, Mueller, however, says he was running on adrenaline.
"I was astonished. It was instinct," he said.
"I have enjoyed that the British police make a special day for me. They said 'maybe you are a hero.'"