Help pouring in for Ga. vet who stopped burglar

Help pouring in for Ga. vet who stopped burglar

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Army veteran Mark Sikes of Bogart says he pulled out his pistol as soon as he heard his front door coming down. Army veteran Mark Sikes of Bogart says he pulled out his pistol as soon as he heard his front door coming down.

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - An Athens Army veteran who made headlines after he used a pistol to scare a burglar out of his home says he's seeing an outpouring of support from people offering to help buy him a new door.

The Athens Banner-Herald reports that 53-year-old Mark Sikes, who uses a wheelchair and lives on a fixed income, says his phone hasn't stopped ringing for two days and he's shocked and a little embarrassed by all the attention. But he says he appreciates the help after having to borrow $750 to replace his front door.

Sikes told FOX 5's Julia Reynolds on Thursday that he was in bed the prior day when a burglar kicked in his door. He says he pointed a pistol from his nightstand at the intruder and told him to leave. The burglar fled.

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