Break-in victim had gun - but no bullets Wednesday, March 21, 2007 LaNIA COLEMAN THE SAGINAW NEWS GLADWIN -- The 72-year-old Billings Township woman pulled the gun from a safe, aimed it at a knife-wielding bandit and pulled the trigger. No bullets. The woman told Gladwin County sheriff's deputies she was asleep about 3 a.m. Monday when the masked, armed burglar awakened her, demanding the cash she had stashed in her safe, deputies said. When the woman reached for her telephone to call 911, the 6-foot-tall robber, armed with a steak knife, snatched the phone and flung it, along with the night stand in which it was sitting, across the room, deputies said. Determined to protect her savings, the woman opened the safe but instead of handing over her money, she retrieved a small-caliber handgun and aimed it at her assailant, deputies said. When she pulled the trigger, both victim and burglar realized the weapon had no ammunition and a scuffle ensued, deputies said. http://www.mlive.com/news/sanews/index.ssf?/base/news-4/1174486970277300.xml&coll=9 The burglar wrestled the weapon away from the woman and helped himself to a stack of cash, mostly $50 and $100 bills, then fled through the kitchen, leaving the gun on the counter on his way out, authorities said. Deputies are looking for a slender man, about 160 pounds, who wore a dark-colored hooded sweat shirt and dark pants. He had pulled the hood over his head and concealed his face with a dark-colored ski mask. Deputies did not indicate if the victim was able to determine the assailant's race. Anyone with information should call Gladwin County sheriff's deputies at (989) 426-9284. v LaNia Coleman covers law enforcement for The Saginaw News. You may reach her at 776-9690.