Business owner, plus employee with concealed carry permit, stop burglary suspect from getting away

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ASHWAUBENON, Wis. (WFRV) A burglary suspect was taken into custody in Ashwaubenon after being stopped by a man with a concealed carry permit. Local 5 has more on this incident and the actions taken that prevented an alleged thief in his tracks.

“I cleared, came in through here, I immediately started sweeping.”

Inside Frost Giant Games business owner Anthony Folk relives a run-in with a suspected burglar Sunday night.

“Our suspect, yes the perpetrator, the bad guy, whatever you want to call him,” Folk said.

A man first spotted by Folk’s girlfriend, through notifications to her smartphone from the business’s NEST security cameras, signaling movement inside the store.

“She started worrying, thinking someone was there so she called me,” he said.

As it turned out Folk was nearby, out with an employee, a former member of the military with a concealed carry permit. Sunday he was carrying a handgun.

“It’s one of those times when the good guy has the gun,” said Folk.

The employee went to block one exterior exit – while Folk went inside.

“I was looking on my counter, looking for stuff, not even worried about money, broken things, I’m more trying to find the guy,” Folk said. “Came through it, door opened, basically turned the corner, gentleman was probably right about there when I turned the corner. Literally the first thing I say is “what the hell you breaking into my store for”and he takes off.”

Eventually that suspect, 31-year-old Eric Elm, made his way out of the building, entered this parking lot and started running that way. That’s when he ran into that employee carrying a gun.

“My employee Jim had gotten his concealed carry, got to the front door, guy basically turned the corner there and had a 1911 pointed at him,” Folk said.

The suspect immediately gave up and was held until police arrived.

“I think he took appropriate measures in order to stop him from fleeing and stop him from his burglary,” said Captain Jody Crocker of Ashwaubenon Public Safety.

“Thankfully in this case, the good guys won.  Score one for us,” said Folk.

Folk’s employee was unavailable for comment. Elm faces burglary and theft charges here and a similar count in Minnesota.

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