Man Stops Theft Suspect From Breaking Into Vehicle

A Lexington man took the law into his own hands early Friday morning when he saw someone breaking into his vehicle.

Matthew Leonard works as a driver for Sir Pizza on Waller Avenue.

Leondard says he noticed the man inside his Jeep then went and grabbed him and tackled him.

Lexington Police got to the scene and arrested Bobby Gross, Jr.

Gross is charged with receiving stolen property.

Leonard says there's no damage to his Jeep that he can't fix.


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  • by victum before on May 26, 2008 at 09:34 AM
    they need a law you get them hurt them bad I am getting tired of working hard and some one taking it away the police are so busy they cant be every where so we need to take matters in our owm hands but dont get hurt it will cost you. things are going to get worse with the way the economy is going so watch out you could be a victum at any time all I can say is good job matt
  • by uneta on May 24, 2008 at 04:27 AM
    Good job matthew, too bad you couldn't run him through the pizza oven before the police got there,
  • by Steve Location: Lexington on May 23, 2008 at 05:39 PM
    To Joey: The police charged him with receiving stolen property because it is a FELONY charge, whereas if they had charged him with theft that would be a misdemeanor unless they can prove that he had over 300 dollars worth of stuff that he stole. But for RSP, they just have to prove he had something on his person that was stolen from someone else. The cops did the RIGHT thing and the suspect will hopefully spend more time in jail for it if the system works the way it's supposed to (which it doesn't because a scumbag lawyer will get a jury to convict of misdemeanor theft instead).
  • by Anonymous on May 23, 2008 at 02:46 PM
    hope he gave the man a good punch in the face a few times
  • by Ace Location: Lawrenceburg on May 23, 2008 at 12:41 PM
    The problem is there are too many GREEDY lawyers that will help Gross sue the Jeep owner for anything they can dream up....
  • by dd Location: Lex on May 23, 2008 at 09:06 AM
    The owner should have waited until he was exiting the vehicle with something in his hands and put a slug in him. Only way to stop a theif for good and I think it should be legal.
  • by william Location: lexington ky on May 23, 2008 at 08:03 AM
    iwould like to know why the mayor,Dont do something about the drunks living in woods behind homes on north broadway
  • by Joey Location: Lex on May 23, 2008 at 06:04 AM
    I guess I don't understand the law. How can he be charged with "receiving stolen property" when he is the one who tried to TAKE it. He didn't receive anything; he tried to take something that didn't belong to him. I hope the owner of the vehicle got a couple of good punches to the guy's face. He may think twice before taking something that is not his.

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