Johnson County man helps to stop burglar

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH)  – A Johnson County man was able to detain a burglar outside his home, and keep him there until police arrived.

Rob Esteb says he and his friend Lora Beth arrived home Sunday evening, to see there was company. Two men coming out of his home, then getting in their car and trying to get away.

“They had a bunch of my stuff in their car, they were in it, and ready to leave. I blocked their car with my pickup and they actually ran into the front of my truck, trying to get away,” said Esteb. “They got out and started running on foot.”

Esteb says one ran away, but one ran back to try to get his car. Police say that was 25-year-old Donald Justin Stone.

“I wrestled him for the keys. Couldn’t get them away from him, but I could keep him from getting his car started,” Esteb explained.

He now has a gash from the tussling, but says he did manage to keep the guy around. According to police reports, the suspect went so far as to start returning items from his car to Esteb’s home.

“I’m sure glad I got home when I did, otherwise they would have gotten away,” Esteb added.

Police were able to take the 25-year-old Indianapolis man into custody, once they arrived.

According to the police report, Donald Stone told police he was only there because he was trying to get his car back, that had been stolen. He told police ‘he just wanted his car back,’ and didn’t know why the other suspect was in the house.

“It’s very frustrating when you think, you have your doors locked… it’s violating,” said Lora Beth McKee.

“We don’t want to tolerate that kind of stuff down here,” added Esteb.

The Johnson County Sheriff says he’s glad in this case, it turned out alright, but they don’t recommend taking matters into your own hands, especially when many criminals have guns lately.

He says they’ve had four burglaries in this same area since the nice weather rolled around: they’re not sure if these same suspects were involved or not.

Anyone with information on this crime, or the second suspect who ran away, call Johnson County investigations at 317-346-4604. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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