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Car Break-In Victim Chases Suspect
DAYTON -- A Riverside man was arrested after police said he broke into a truck, and was chased by truck's owner.
Christopher Decker, 29, is locked up in the Montgomery County Jail, facing charges of aggravated burglary and having weapons while under disability.
Scott Bendall was working on a roof when he saw a man breaking into his red pickup truck. The thief grabbed Bendall's wallet, gun and shoes out of his truck.
"He got my pistol, two wallets, my Nikes. Whatever he could get his hands on," Bendall said.
Bendall said his fighting back instinct kicked in, and he jumped in his truck and chased the thief, who was now driving his own truck trying to get away.
"I stayed right on him. I tried to get him stopped. He made several turns. He was hoping I guess we were just going to give up the chase but no."
During the chase, scrap metal flew out of the bed of the thief's truck, hitting a car at Dodgson Court and Brighton Street.
Bendall gave police a very detailed description of the thief, identified later as Christopher Decker.
Police said a tip came in that Decker was hiding out on Bushnell. Police found Decker's truck, hidden in his ex-girlfriend's back yard.
Police towed the truck away.
Police arrested Decker nearby on Rohrer. Bendall was able to get his items back and said the arrest is the best possible outcome.
"We're just glad no one got hurt. There are a lot of kids around here. He had my gun. The important thing is no one got hurt."
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