An off-duty police employee saw the confrontation and radioed police, the suspected burglar is now behind bars.
"I just wasn't going to let someone steal my stuff, I don't care," said Randy Adams.
Adams found the suspected burglar stealing his tools in the home under construction.
The suspect, Samuel Porras drove at 80 miles per hour, Adams used a shovel to break open the back window and stop him.
"He was trying to kill me, he was trying to throw me out of the truck, and we were flying through these neighborhoods, so I broke the window out," he said.
"I just kept hitting him on his neck, and down his arm, until he had enough and he finally just gave up," said Adams.
"I had his armed pinned with the shovel, he had it through the window trying to fight me off, and I had his arm pinned against the shovel with all of my weight... he just said okay, okay, I'm getting it out," he said.
Adams said that Porras gave back his compressor and paint sprayer, then took off again until police caught him.
"He didn't want any part of that shovel, I'll tell you that," said Adams.
Adams went back to work, his two mini-yorkie dogs, Burt and Ernie by his side.
"Everybody is calling me a superhero now at home," he said.
So would he do it again?
"Yeah, I got my stuff back," said Adams.