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.