Man Hangs Up ‘Wanted: Dead Or Alive’ Posters After His House Is Robbed And Police Are Not Happy

by Gwendolyn Plummer
Gwen is a writer, reader, hockey fan, concert goer, and lunchtime enthusiast.

A homeowner in California is invoking the ways of the Wild West in his search to find the man who robbed his house.

According to KGTV San Diego, the homeowner took it upon himself to make some old-fashioned, vaguely threatening posters in an attempt to catch the robber.

Jose Martinez, the alleged robber, is said to have stolen over $2,000 worth of items from the homeowner. Armed with an image of the suspected thief, the homeowner put together a series of “Wanted: Dead or Alive” posters and hung them up around town.

The police, however, are also working on the case — and say they would never use wording like “dead or alive.” When the homeowner stopped by the station to tell police he’d be putting the posters up, they asked him not to, but he invoked his First Amendment right.

Police say they don’t issue death warrants for alleged theft and that the posters actually make their job a little harder. Alongside trying to apprehend and arrest the suspect, police have had to field phone calls regarding the provocative signs.

Jose Martinez was eventually taken into custody, so the homeowner got what he wanted — thankfully, alive.

What do you think about these unusual posters? Would you ever do something like this? Check out the video below to learn more, and please SHARE this story on Facebook!

Footage and photos provided by KGTV San Diego

CORRECTION: February 26, 2018

An earlier version of this story said that over $2,000 was stolen from the homeowner. According to the Sheriff’s Office, approximately $2,800 in belongings was stolen from the homeowner.

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