My fiance’s tackle saved the day!
Nicola Baldwin, 33, from Newcastle-upon-tyne, got an eyeful thanks to a wannabe thief
as he raced out the bedroom, it seems he’d forgotten something
Rubbing the last bit of fake tan onto my legs, I waited impatiently for the cream to dry. It was a warm night this August – and at 11pm, I finally crept into bed next to my fiance Stephen, 29, who was already fast asleep.
Together since 2015, he was a great stepdad to my children, Leoni , 14, and Harry, 5, who were already asleep in their rooms.
I was looking forward to catching 40 winks myself, but just as I’d settled down, our burglar alarm went off.
‘What?’ I spluttered, leaping up.
Looking out the window, I realised it wasn’t our burglar alarm going off after all.
The noise was coming from Stephen’s beloved silver Range Rover on the street outside our house.
He’d bought it two years earlier and had saved £10,000 from his job as a roof tiler to pay for it.
His pride and joy, Stephen was mad about cars and loved cruising around Newcastle in it.
At first, I thought that it must have been a cat that caused the alarm to go off.
But as I squinted out the window, my poor eyesight just about made out a dark, shadowy figure sitting in the driver’s seat.
My stomach lurched with fear. Not again… Earlier this year, in April, we’d fallen victim to a burglary where thieves stole money we’d saved for a trip to Florida with the kids. We were gutted. They also took Stephen’s Michael Kors watch and some of Leoni’s jewellery.
Since then, Stephen had installed cameras to the exterior of the house, just in case we were targeted again...
Fearing the worst, I rushed back to bed to wake up Stephen.
‘Stephen,’ I said nudging him as he snored away. ‘Wake up! I think there’s someone inside your car!’
‘W-what?’ Steven mumbled between yawns. ‘Who’s in my car? What are you talking about?’
‘I don’t know who it is, but they’re inside it and you need to get up!’ I replied frantically.
Stephen jumped out of bed and raced to the window.
‘Someone is there!’ Stephen replied, astonished. ‘And they’re trying to start it!’
Before I knew it, Stephen was racing out the bedroom door and thundering down the stairs.
Only, seems he had
forgotten one thing...
‘Stephen, you’re naked!’ I shouted down the stairs as I wrapped a dressing gown around myself.
But my words were lost on him – and before I knew it, he was out the front door!
As I made it outside, I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw Stephen chasing after the man who was trying to flee up the road.
Then Stephen rugby tackled him to the ground.
Terrified, I was so worried that the man would attack my fella...
Suddenly, Leoni appeared beside me in her pyjamas and slippers, looking bewildered.
‘What’s happening, Mum?’ she asked, confused.
‘Don’t look over there!’ I said, worried she’d see Stephen naked. ‘Go inside and ring the police, someone is trying to steal
By now, the intruder was flat on his back, and Stephen was pinning him down.
‘Hold him until the police come!’ I shouted.
It was then I realised the man was only about 17. His face looked white with terror.
Hardly surprising seeing as a stark-naked bloke was sitting on top of him!
‘I’m sorry, I’m sorry!’ the lad said, not sure where to look.
Which is when Stephen stood up and to let him go.
‘He was only a kid,’ Stephen said as I raced over.
By now, neighbours had gathered outside our house to see what the commotion was.
I tried desperately to shield Stephen’s modesty!
As the boy ran through the street, the police stopped and questioned him.
The next day, they visited his parents to tell them what he’d done.
But we decided not to press charges. Turns out, the boy had been drunk when he tried to steal Stephen’s car.
No excuse, but we hoped the shock of being tackled by a naked man might make him see the error of his ways!
‘Everyone deserves a second chance,’ Stephen said. The next day, after realising our CCTV camera had captured everything, we sent copies of the footage to friends and family, so they could have a laugh. We ended up sharing the video online and Stephen was dubbed the Naked Ninja.
It was shared 1,000s of times on Facebook and generated 100s of likes! Stephen became a socialmedia star and users online couldn’t get over how hilarious it was that he tackled a wouldbe thief naked. Looking back, it was a scary experience, but we can’t help but laugh at it now.
I’m proud of Stephen for acting so quickly that night. He was like a superhero as he sprung into action... Only instead of wearing his pants over his clothes, he wasn’t wearing any at all!
‘Anyone seen my boxers?!’
Blue moon: Stephen streaks to his car
Feeling generous, we let the would-be thief scarper
himself... Someone was helping
Gotcha! Grappled by my bare-faced fella!