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Police: Car thief stopped by homeowner

Ricky Poppe (Source: LMDC) Ricky Poppe (Source: LMDC)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – A man police said tried to steal a vehicle was caught by someone other than officers.

According to an arrest report, Ricky Poppe stole a GMC Denali out of a garage of a home on Carolina Avenue on September 28.

When Poppe broke into the garage he set off a home alarm, waking up the owners.

The homeowner hopping into another one of his vehicles and was able to block off Poppe at a gas station off of Newburg Road. Poppe got out of the vehicle and fled on foot. The homeowner was able to catch him and the two were involved in a physical altercation. The homeowner held Poppe until police arrived.

Poppe was transferred to University Hospital where police obtained a warrant to search his personal property brought into the hospital with him.

In his belongings police found 18 one hundred dollar bills, which police tracked to a previous victim whose vehicle was broken into, and the purse of a woman who had also filed a complaint of a vehicle theft.

Poppe is charged with theft by unlawful taking from auto and burglary.

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