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Concerned citizens help catch thief

Friday, April 16, 2010

Zachary J. Eaglin
A group of concerned citizens banded together to help catch an alleged thief Thursday evening.

After seeing a suspicious individual going in and out of numerous cars in the Walmart parking lot, a group of five unidentified concerned citizens leapt into action to stop the man from leaving the area.

As several people surrounded and verbally confronted the suspect about his odd behavior, a couple pulled their SUV behind the suspect's vehicle while another called 911 for help.

While waiting for law enforcement to arrive, the suspect allegedly attempted to leave and started backing his vehicle toward the SUV. However, another citizen stepped between the suspect's vehicle and the SUV.

With no way to get out, the suspect apparently began explaining to the group he was looking for someone's car. But, after dropping a purse that allegedly contained ashtrays from other vehicles and a large amount of coins on the parking lot, the suspect ditched his car keys and went inside the store.

The citizens then kept watch on the front entrance and notified each customer as they left to check their vehicles for missing items. The suspect apparently left the building through another exit before members of the Brazil City Police Department arrived.

Investigators took statements from the crowd, collected evidence and checked the license plate of the vehicle, which was later impounded.

While the citizens thought everything was over, police were later dispatched to the scene of a theft at Casey's Service Station. The suspect in that incident turned out to be the same one from the earlier incident, Zachary J. Eaglin, 22, Trafalgar, Ind.

Eaglin was taken into custody and transported to the Clay County Justice Center and booked on two preliminary charges of theft.

Clay Circuit Court Judge Joseph Trout signed a probable cause affidavit in the matter for further incarceration Friday, and assigned Eaglin a $1,000 cash bond (with no 10 percent allowed). Eaglin is expected to appear in court for formal charging early next week.

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Seriously? I mean, really? You get stopped by people seeing you steal. You run into the store and actually escape, and then you try to steal from someone else later and get caught again? Why didn't you just dial 911 yourself?

-- Posted by JHeffner on Fri, Apr 16, 2010, at 11:30 PM

All I got to say is AWESOME. Great job for those who were NOT AFRAID to get involved. You all deserve a real citizens award. You have my respect. Thank you, for preserving the AMERICAN WAY.

-- Posted by Conservative Dad on Sat, Apr 17, 2010, at 6:29 AM

Interesting. Obviously stupid on the part of Mr. Eaglin. Very courageous and conscientious on the part of the five citizens who put a stop to his little crime spree.

-- Posted by Leo L. Southworth on Sat, Apr 17, 2010, at 9:37 AM

I saw the whole thing and find it interesting that there is no mention of the fact that Lee Reberger was there. Just because he is running for re-election doesn't mean the Times shouldn't put him in the paper because it is an 'unfair advantage'. He still has to do his job.

-- Posted by Sheldon on Sat, Apr 17, 2010, at 1:33 PM

This story is amazing! Good job to those who were willing to step up and take action. I applaud you all!! Way to take action and save many people from heartache and continued crime.

-- Posted by abbccc on Sat, Apr 17, 2010, at 9:41 PM


So the prosecutor was one of the witnesses to the crime? How sweet!!! Let's see how this guy's attorney handles this.

-- Posted by Jenny Moore on Sat, Apr 17, 2010, at 9:56 PM

This guy should appear on America's Stupidest Criminals. I agree with Jenny, how will the attorney handle this one. I see only one plea, not guilty by reason of stupidity.

-- Posted by Ron Archer on Sun, Apr 18, 2010, at 7:43 AM

Lol Electic Eye!! Well stated!!

-- Posted by karenmeister on Mon, Apr 19, 2010, at 1:56 AM

Thank you to the citizens who stepped in to stop this guy. Maybe if more of us started fighting back these idiots would think twice about trying to steal our property.

-- Posted by th1953 on Tue, Apr 20, 2010, at 6:22 PM

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