Off Duty Centralia Officer Breaks Up BurglaryA 27-year-old Centralia man is in custody at the Marion County Jail after an off-duty Centralia Police officer broke up a burglary to a motor vehicle.
Centralia Police say Steven Gallatin of East Second was arrested following a short foot chase Friday night at the Circle K on East McCord Street.
The off-duty officer was in a car and saw Gallatin reach through an open window of a vehicle. She didn't realize the car belonged to someone else when the owner came out of the store and look puzzled. Michael Smith of Krupp Lane in Centralia told the officer his keys had been taken.
Gallatin, who was still standing nearby, was questioned and handed over the keyes. He allegedly ran after his girlfriend tried to intervene. Gallatin gave up after running about 150 feet.
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