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Horseback Hero Grapples Thief

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Wednesday, 30 Mar 2016 08:47 AM Current | Bio | Archive

During my father’s movie career he appeared in seven Westerns, and during his time as host of "Death Valley Days" he appeared in another eight for a total of 15 in all.

Those too young to have watched him on TV, probably know that while he was in the White House one of the activities he enjoyed most during his vacations at Rancho del Cielo (Sky or Heaven’s Ranch) was horseback riding on “Little Man” or “El Alamein.”

That’s why I’m pretty sure Dad would’ve gotten quite a kick out of a story that ran on the CBS outlet in Los Angeles.

A woman who had just completed her shopping trip was walking back to her car in the parking garage at Fashion Center Mall in Northridge, Calif.

Like most of us, she was paying more attention to where she’d parked than she was to her surroundings. That’s why she missed any warning signs.

While her head was turned, a cowardly thief grabbed her purse and ran for the exit.

Our shopper began screaming for help, hoping someone in the vicinity would stop the thief.

The next thing she knew, she heard something one doesn’t often hear in the concrete canyons of California: the pounding of hooves as she witnessed a miniature cavalry charge.

It just so happens a man was out for a ride along a street that was within earshot of the parking structure. When he heard her anguished cries, the rider reined in his horse, turned toward the shopping center and galloped off to the rescue.

There is no word on whether or not he cried, “Hi Ho Silver, away!” And for that matter we don’t know the color of the horse either.

What we do know is after a short foot versus hooves pursuit around the mall, the rider cornered the criminal and retrieved the purse.

He then rode back to find the purse’s owner and returned her property as she stood in front of the Sears store. Too bad it couldn’t have been the Tandy Leather Company.

Witnesses enjoyed the show.

Natalie Rivera was very impressed by the rider’s derring–do. Referring to our horseman she commented, “If you’re taken, she’s very lucky,” quipped Rivera, “but if you’re not . . . call me!”

The only blot on the afternoon — if you overlook the robbery — is the thief escaped after surrendering the purse.

Michael Reagan, the eldest son of President Reagan, is a Newsmax TV analyst. A syndicated columnist and author, he chairs The Reagan Legacy Foundation. Michael is an in-demand speaker with Premiere speaker’s bureau. Read more reports from Michael Reagan — Go Here Now.



 

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