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Man attempts to avoid arrest, jumps in pond

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A Bargersville man tried to avoid being arrested by jumping into a retention pond, only to quickly jump back out because the water was too cold.

Eric D. Scott, 29, was arrested Friday on charges of theft and burglary after police said he stole jewelry from storage lockers at 135 Storage, 409 E. Two Cent Road, Bargersville assistant police chief Todd Bertram said.

An officer noticed a man inside the storage facility, which is surrounded with a tall fence lined with barbed wire at the top. Police tried to arrest the man, but he ran into a nearby retention pond, which is about 45 feet wide, Bertram said.

“After he jumped in he told us it was really, really cold, and he was coming back out,” Bertram said. “He surrendered after jumping out.”

The man got into the storage facility by cutting a hole into the back gate. He cut the locks on about a dozen lockers in the facility, which has 100 storage units total, Bertram said.

Scott, 6560 W. Whiteland Road, was taken to the Johnson County jail, where he was being held on $22,000 bond.

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