Thief Steals Woman's Bicycle, Then A Cowboy Gallops In - And Police Can't Believe Their Eyes
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Thief Steals Woman’s Bicycle, Then A Cowboy Gallops In – And Police Can’t Believe Their Eyes

You don’t see many cowboys in parking lots.

Well, in point of fact, you don’t see many cowboys anywhere these days, unless of course you’re visiting a ranch.

Maybe that’s why a would-be thief thought he could get away clean after stealing a bicycle in a Walmart parking lot.

I mean, sure, you have to worry about cops, or people calling the cops, but you’d never consider worrying about a real-life cowboy, chasing you down and hogtieing you like a scared little calf.

But that’s exactly what happened at a Walmart in Eagle Point, Oregon, where 28-year-old rancher Robert Borba became an internet sensation overnight.

He went to the store to pick up some dog food and when he came out, he heard a woman screaming about a thief. As Borba tells CBS News:

“’Stop him! Stop him! He stole my bike! He stole my bike!’ And I kind of look around and all of a sudden this guy goes whizzing by me on a bicycle.”

What happened next is something straight out of an old Western. John Wayne would’ve been proud.

As security cameras show, Borba did exactly what cowboys do: He hopped onto his trusty steed and chased the punk down, lasso in hand. Hey, just another day on the job, right?

Added Borba:

“A couple swings and then I threw it at him, just like I would a steer.

“He’s like, ‘What are you doing, man? You got a badge?’ And I’m like, ‘No, I ain’t got a badge.'”

Nope, no badge, but he’s still an honest-to-goodness cowboy doing an honorable thing. Call it the coolest citizen’s arrest ever, if you want.

After he’d roped his quarry, Borba called the police and described what happened to an operator who probably didn’t quite believe him.

Well, if you’re a 911 operator and some guy calls you and says:

We got a guy who just stole a bike here at Walmart. I got him roped and tied to a tree.

…what would be your reaction?

At any rate, Eagle Point police officer Chris Adams was impressed, saying of Borba, “I’d take him by my side any day.”

And then the cowboy dropped perhaps the best line of the day:

I told the cop, I said, ‘Man, you guys ought to pick up a rope and throw that gun away. You might have better luck with it.’ He started laughing.”

They say there’s a hero in all of us but when push comes to shove, not many are up to the task. And while you expect some bravery from a cowboy, this isn’t exactly the Old West.

That’s why this is just so darn scintillating; makes you yearn for the good ol’ days in a way, doesn’t it?

Source: CBS News

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Benjamin Stephen Dutka is a journalist, writer and editor with over two decades of experience. He has worked with three newspapers and eight online publications, including the Norwich Bulletin, Hartford Courant,,, and PoiseMedia, Inc. He also won a Connecticut short story contest entitled Art as Muse, Imaginary Realms, and has a penchant for rowing, reading, video games, and Objectivism.

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