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Ralston Diesel Service owner fires shotgun, scares off intruders

By Jennifer Lee Preyss
May 1, 2011 at 12:01 a.m.


Shots were fired at Ralston Diesel Service in Victoria at 1 a.m. Sunday when about four or five people attempted to break in.

Business owner George Ralston was at his store at 202 Holt Road when the attempted burglary took place.

Victoria Police Lt. Jason Cross said Ralston fired his shotgun in an attempt to deter the intruders.

"He fired off the shotgun, and the suspects scattered," Cross said.

Officers with the Victoria police and sheriff's office responded to the call, as well as helicopter unit to search for the suspects fleeing from the scene.

Ralston told police the would-be burglars may have been trying to steal copper radiator and engine parts, Cross said.

No arrests were made, and police do not have any leads. Cross did not know if Victoria Crime Stoppers would be used to help locate the suspects.

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