A man who jumped into a back garden in Walmer, Port Elizabeth, with a hammer could not have anticipated being met by someone trained in martial arts.
Police said the 18-year-old man was tackled after trespassing on Sunday morning.
“The owner’s son spotted the suspect, who lunged at him with a hammer and a firearm. A struggle ensued between the two but the suspect was overpowered by the karate enthusiast,” said Colonel Priscilla Naidu.
The Walmer Neighbourhood Watch explained what happened on Facebook, adding that the owner's dog helped his son.
"The vigilance of a young man and his American pitbull... led the arrest of a trespasser on their property," they captioned a photo of what appears to be the intruder's gun and hammer.
"The trespasser armed with a hammer in his hand threatened the young man. At this point the young man, trained in martial arts, made a decision and quickly disarmed the suspect of his hammer.
"Whilst struggling with the suspect on the ground, the suspect managed to produce a fire arm to try and scare the young man off, however, this did not happen."
The karate enthusiast managed to subdue the intruder until SAPS arrived, upon which police discovered the burglar's firearm was actually a toy gun.
When asked why he had brought a hammer, the housebreaker reportedly replied, “It’s for the dog”.
The neighbourhood watch added, "Well done young man and your beautiful American pitbull."
The man was arrested on charges of trespassing, pointing of a firearm and being in possession of a housebreaking implement.