Outside of an Eagle Point, Oregon Walmart on Friday, a local cowboy thwarted a thief the old-fashioned way — with a lasso. Yes, lassoed.
Local cattle rancher Robert Borba, 28, heard a woman shouting that someone was stealing her bicycle and snapped into action.
The woman and a few other people were trying to chase down the thief on foot but could not catch up with him. Borba, who was parked nearby, saw what was going on, got his horse out of its trailer, grabbed a rope and joined in the chase.
Borba told the Medford Mail-Tribune, “I seen this fella trying to get up to speed on a bicycle. I wasn’t going to catch him on foot. I just don’t run very fast.”
A former rodeo competitor, Borba recently decided to leave that profession and settle down as a rancher with his family in Oregon. His previous and current jobs definitely helped on this day.
When the thief hopped off his bike and tried to take off running, Borba seized the opportunity to lasso. After the thief was successfully lassoed at the ankles, Borba kept the rope tight until the authorities showed up.
“When we arrived, there was a large crowd standing around a younger gentleman who was on the ground, the rope around his ankle, hanging on to a tree,” said local police.
Borba says it’s all in a day’s work. “I use a rope every day, that’s how I make my living,” he explained. “If it catches cattle pretty good, it catches a bandit pretty good.”