Burglary suspect captured on surveillance video identified; warrants taken out for his arrest

CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee (WDEF) – Residents in the Tyner and East Brainerd area have taken to social media to identify a man they believe is responsible for a string of burglaries.

It all started when a victim posted still shots from a surveillance video on Facebook.

Wednesday night, News 12 spoke to Brad Crouch after he had been the victim of an alleged theft caught on camera.

“When we’re gone, we try to keep a watch out for each other. We keep an eye on each others house and stuff, but this guy here; five minutes and he was in and out and my neighbor was busy working so no one saw anything,” said Crouch.

He was referring to a theft captured on his home security camera. Crouch showed News 12 the video. It first shows a man in a truck driving by Crouches home In broad daylight. Then it shows that same truck pulling into the driveway after Crouch had left. A slender looking man wearing a baseball cap, khaki looking shorts and a dark shirt is seen getting out of the truck and entering the garage.

“I have no idea who he is. I got him pulling in the driveway. He gets out and looks straight up at the camera and goes into the garage and comes out with my generator. He’s struggling to get it because I did not put wheels on it,” Crouch said.

According to Crouch, he had just left to run an a quick errand so he left his garage door open.

Still shots from the video were posted on social media, and it didn’t take long for people to start sharing the photos on Facebook. Other victims claimed the man seen in the photos is the same man involved in other home burglaries in the Tyner area as well as homes off of Graysville Road in East Brainerd.

News 12 has learned through social media posts as well as from Chattanooga police that the suspect is Eric Spangler. A warrant has been issued for his arrest. Once he is captured, Spangler will face two counts of aggravated burglary and two counts of theft.

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