Here is a heads up to you poor planning impromptu thugs out there.. If your going to rob a store, you might want to find a different store if there are Marines in front of it. Below are 3 good stories of smack downs for the season. Thugs – 0 Marines -3. Tis the season for some smack downs!

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How a Marine saved Christmas

By Jessica Heslam
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
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The modest Marine who saved a Newton family’s Christmas insists he just did what any young man in his shoes would have done when he jumped out of his Toys for Tots van and chased down a brazen burglar — who nearly got away with some of Santa’s gifts.

“I feel like I was just at the right place at the right time,” Marine Sgt. Matthew LaRoche told the Herald. “Any 22-year-old male, whether in the military or not, especially during this season, would do the same thing.”

It all started about 5 p.m. Saturday when the Dumler family said they returned to their SUV in the Financial District and found a burglar rifling through their gift cards, stocking stuffers and sentimental gifts for their daughters.

The Grinchy thief took off after being startled by Drew and Christine Dumler, who had been at Faneuil Hall with their two daughters, Sophie, 3, and Ellie, 18 weeks.

LaRoche was in the back of his van up the street, loading hundreds of donated toys collected at a holiday party at The Vault restaurant.

“I had just gone outside, probably on my 20th load, because it was just me that evening,” LaRoche said. “Out of nowhere, I heard the victim yell ‘Help’ and then saw a gentleman running my way toward the van. Then I heard ‘Stop him.’ ”

The Afghan War veteran said instinct kicked in. In his dress blues, LaRoche hopped out of the van and ran toward the suspected thief — later identified by police as Albert Dionizio, 48, of East Boston.

“I wasn’t able to stop him my first time but was able to run after him and catch him,” LaRoche said. He said he held the suspect up against a nearby building, Drew Dumler caught up, and they pried a screwdriver from Dionizio’s hand. When the burglar tried to take off, LaRoche said he took him “to the ground” with the help of Drew Dumler. They held him there until police arrived.

“It would have been a funny sight to see. … I was sprawled right on top of him,” LaRoche said.

Growing up, LaRoche said, he thought if someone stole something from him, they probably needed it more than he did, but he said, “It was heart-wrenching to think that some guy wanted to go and steal this from a happy family, which could essentially ruin their Christmas.”

Afterward, the Marine calmly finished loading his van and dropped the toys at the South Boston Toys for Tots warehouse. Dionizio was arraigned on burglary charges and held on $3,000 bail.

“It’s no surprise that it was a Marine,” Drew Dumler said about LaRoche’s selfless act. “They do it every day, and we sometimes lose sight of that.”

LaRoche, who returned from Afghanistan in May and is now with the 1st Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, is the coordinator for Greater Boston Toys for Tots.

“Just to see families that are struggling and the joy in their eyes and face when you give them a bag of toys for their children — it’s just a great feeling,” LaRoche said. “I would do it over and over if I could.”

Natalie Sherman contributed to this report.

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Marine tackles Toys for Tots as well as thief

By Laurel J. Sweet  |   Monday, December 12, 2011  |  |  Local Coverage

Santa Fidelis!

Cops say a tough but humble young leatherneck in his dress blues was working a Toys for Tots detail in the Financial District Saturday night when he took down a heartless, screwdriver-wielding Grinch who had been interrupted as he broke into a family vehicle full of presents.

“Clearly, he was doing double duty, picking up Toys for Tots and assisting us in apprehending a breaking and entering suspect. Good for him,” said Boston police officer Eddy Chrispin.

The Marine, a Leominster 22-year-old with the Devens-based 1st Battalion, 25th Marines, didn’t want any recognition for his deed. Through the police spokesman, he declined to be interviewed and asked that police not release his name.

But his bravery and selfless dedication? That’s no mystery.

“It is something any Marine would do, at least in my opinion of Marines,” 1st Sgt. Roger Newcomb told the Herald. “Most of my Marines are pretty humble guys.”

It happened about 5 p.m. Saturday. The owners of a 2005 GMC Yukon told police that when they returned to the SUV parked on Water Street, they spotted the suspect “sitting in the driver’s front seat of their truck, rummaging through it,” according to a police report.

The thief took off when startled by the Yukon’s owners, police said, but his flight came to an abrupt halt in nearby Liberty Square, when he ran into the Marine who was loading donated toys into a van.

“The Marine held the suspect until officers arrived on scene a couple minutes later,” police reported. “The suspect was chased from the car before he had a chance to steal any items.”

When police arrived on scene just after 5 p.m., they found the Marine, in full uniform, restraining the suspect, whose flathead screwdriver the officers reported was “on the ground just out of his reach.”

Albert Dionizio, 48, of East Boston is due to be arraigned today in Boston Municipal Court on charges of breaking and entering a motor vehicle in the nighttime and possession of burglarious tools.

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  1. I disagree with this young man…not any 22 year old would have done so. Only those with honor and integrity, and that would be a marine on any given day. He gives me hope. It is my prayer that he receive a big portion of God Bless. Well done young man, well done marine corp for whipping them into real men.

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