Applewood by the River
(Aurora, Ind.) - Employees at an Aurora restaurant are getting credit for nabbing a burglar who made an ill-advised return to the scene of the crime.
Aurora Police say Jason Egan, of Aurora, stole several thousand dollars from the office of Applewood on the River on May 29.
Restaurant owner Donna Ruther told officers that Egan came back later the same evening as employees were preparing to lock up for the night. He was seen pulling on a locked door while wearing blue rubber gloves.
Ruther allowed him inside in an effort to buy more time before police arrived.
Egan allegedly said he was there to get the money for a DJ service he had provided. Ruther later told police Egan never performed the service.
Egan tried to flee the scene after the short conversation, but was caught and restrained by Applewood employee Jeremy Evans until Aurora Police arrived.
Further investigation by officers led to the discovery of $2,000 stolen from Applewood at Egan’s home on Outer Drive. He had taken the money earlier before returning to the restaurant and confronting Ruther.
“The cooperative efforts between Donna Ruther, Jeremy Evans, and Police led to the successful apprehension of this person where along with ribs, justice can now be served,” said Aurora Chief of Police Bryan Fields.
Egan is held at the Dearborn County Law Enforcement Center on charges of Burglary and Theft. His bond has been set at $75,000 surety and $1,000 cash.