Charlestown Police use video surveillance photo to nab burglary suspect


by Michelle Arnold

Posted on November 19, 2013 at 6:55 PM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 19 at 7:20 PM

CHARLESTOWN, Ind. (WHAS11) – Restaurant owner Rodney Stone wasn’t surprised when he got a call at the crack of dawn Monday morning.

Charlestown Police called Stone to tell him someone had robbed his restaurant, the Charlestown Train Station.

It was the most recent in a string of nearby burglaries. This time, thanks to Stone’s security cameras, police had a good picture of the suspect.

Charlestown Police went to work right away going door to door asking if anyone knew the man.

“They finally found someone who said ‘hey, that guy looks kind of familiar, I think I know who he is.’ They were able to connect that guy with a female we had arrested a few weeks ago on some drug charges,” Jason Broady, Assistant Chief of Police said.

“I don’t think they care what they do or who they hurt or what they take. They’re out for number one and that’s to get their fix,” Stone said.

Gary Keith Donaldson said he robbed the businesses to support his crack cocaine habit.

Stone says he’ll recover from the break-in but as a small business owner, it’s definitely a setback.

“People like us who run on a shoestring budget as it is. He took $1300 from me,” Stone said.

Stone credits the police department for their tireless work.

“At the end of the day, the bad guy is in jail and the business owners, they don’t have their property back but they have some closure,” Broady said.

Donaldson is charged with four counts of burglary.