07/22/2014 08:33 EDT | Updated 09/21/2014 05:59 EDT

Jamie Fawcett Takes Down Tall Male Burglar In Nanaimo

NANAIMO, B.C. - A feisty Vancouver Island woman is being applauded by Mounties for taking down a male burglar who broke into her home.

Nanaimo RCMP Const. Gary O'Brien says homeowner Jamie Fawcett is only five foot two, and the alleged thief was about six inches taller, but she tackled him anyway.

O'Brien says someone broke a window to get into Fawcett's home early Sunday, and while at first she thought her cat made the noise, she yelled when she saw the man.

Police say the woman chased after the man in her bare feet and even caught up to him, but he managed to get away.

When the man later showed up near Fawcett's home, police say she ran out and tackled him to the ground while a passerby came over to help her and called 911.

O'Brien says police don't generally advise people to take matters into their own hands, but officers who attended the scene were duly impressed with Fawcett.

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