After five years, alleged thief caught

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

A man who allegedly committed a series of burglaries and thefts in Marshall County almost five years ago has been caught.

Anthony "Tony" Eastep, 50, of Savannah, Tenn. remains in Marshall County Jail, in lieu of $60,000 bond. His first court appearance is Sept. 14.

Eastep was indicted by the grand jury in January 2007, but was never found for arraignment. Circuit Court Clerk Elinor Foster kept renewing the bench warrants for Eastep, and her persistence paid off with his arrest on Sept. 8. A Sheriff's Department spokesman stated that Eastep was picked up in Hickman County.

According to the indictments, between Sept. 5 and 10, 2006, Eastep allegedly broke into a home, damaging the door, and took three shotguns, three rifles with scopes, and a muzzleloader. On Sept. 20, he allegedly continued, breaking into another home and stealing checks. Sept. 26 the items reported stolen were "five dream catchers and 20 dinner plates," and again a door was damaged. On Sept. 27, Eastep allegedly damaged the door of another residence, but was not able to get in. A jewelry box and its contents, reportedly worth less than $1,000, were taken from a home on Sept. 29, once again entered by damaging the door.

For the month of October 2006, Eastep was not linked to any crimes in Marshall County, but he was active again on Nov. 2, 6 and 9, according to the indictments, entering two homes and one outbuilding, and taking shotguns, rifles, a gun case, checks, two chain saws, and a tool box and its contents.