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Would-be burglar caught by Murdo restaurant owners

MURDO -- An Indiana man will appear in court today to be charged with at least one count of burglary. Jones County Sheriff John Weber said the man, whose name he would not release, was arrested early Friday after he reportedly tried to break into...

MURDO -- An Indiana man will appear in court today to be charged with at least one count of burglary.

Jones County Sheriff John Weber said the man, whose name he would not release, was arrested early Friday after he reportedly tried to break into the Star Family Restaurant, 103 E. Fifth St., around 2:45 a.m.

Weber said a woman at a nearby motel spotted the man kicking in a restaurant door and called the owner. The sheriff was also alerted.

He said the man and the restaurant owners, Chris and Angie Venard, wrestled before the sheriff could get to the scene and place the man under arrest.

"He was trying to get out," Chris Venard said. "He was doing everything he could to escape. We were there to try to prevent him."

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He said he and his wife "caught him in the act" and tried to hold him for authorities.

It was a mobile effort, Venard said, as the man, whom he said was about 5-8 and 180 pounds, tried to get away.

"The best way I can describe it he was a scared rabbit trying to run," he said.

Venard is a large man with a black belt in karate. He said the man didn't punch or kick him but pulled away when he was grabbed and did everything else he could do escape.

Angie Weber suffered small abrasions on her hands and bruises on her knees and legs, her husband said.

He said he has bruises on right arm and right leg from the scuffle.

Two of his brothers, Bruce and Ed Venard, heard the 911 call and rushed to the scene to help, Venard said.

A friend, Jennings Newbold, who is a former military policeman, came to the restaurant with handcuffs, allowing them to have the man secured for the sheriff.

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Venard, who said they are in the third year of running the restaurant, said no money was lost but the man kicked in the front door and the glass panel on the side of a showcase was broken out.

The man is also suspected of burglarizing the Murdo Car Wash on West Fifth Street between 4-8 p.m. Thursday and Murdo Family Foods, 501 Main St., sometime between the other two burglaries.

Sheriff Weber said while the man has refused to confirm he was involved in those two burglaries, he is a suspect in both of them.

Investigators also found items in the man's possession that may tie him to burglaries in Davison and Aurora counties, he said.

The suspect was taken to the Tripp County Jail in Winner. He will make his initial court appearance today.

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