Man who wore clown mask during theft arrested after high-speed chase, deputies say

Man who wore clown mask during theft arrested after high-speed chase, deputies say

DAVIESS CO., Ky. (WFIE) - A Louisville man was arrested in Daviess County.

Deputies say he stole equipment from an Owensboro business then led them on a high-speed chase.

The sheriff’s office says an employee from Wright Implement on Carter Road called 911 around 10 Monday night.

The regional sales manager says he got a call from their alarm company late Monday night. He looked at the surveillance video and saw someone stealing a company truck that was towing two John Deer Gators.

Major Berry Smith of the Daviess County Sheriff’s Office says they tried to stop the driver, but he took deputies on a short chase. One of the deputies tried to pull the driver over, but he kept driving until he turned into a driveway on Highway 144. He then kept driving through yards and a soybean field.

The driver, Robert Eberle, eventually stopped and took off running, but deputies found him under the stolen truck.

Robert Eberle. (Source: Daviess Co. Jail)
Robert Eberle. (Source: Daviess Co. Jail) (Source: Daviess Co. Jail)

Deputies found tools that were possibly used to cut the lock at the business, along with a clown mask used to cover his face.

Major Smith tells us that Eberle may be linked to similar crimes in other towns.

In this case, a security fence didn’t stop the crime.

“I always say a fence is gonna keep an honest guy honest," said Brian Cecil, region sales manager at Wright Implement. " It’s not gonna keep a true crook out. And so we do what we can, and in this case, we were able to get most of the equipment back, all of the equipment back. But like I said, it did have some damage with it.”

Major Smith tells us the sheriff’s office is looking into the possibility that another person may be involved in the crime.

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