Firefighters detain break-in suspect in Eugene

Ian Christopher Finneran, 36, of Eugene was taken to the Lane County Jail.

Posted: Nov. 27, 2018 2:26 PM
Updated: Nov. 28, 2018 12:44 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Firefighters in Eugene put their police work skills to the test overnight, detaining a suspect until law enforcement could arrive.

Ian Christopher Finneran, 36, of Eugene was taken to the Lane County Jail following the incident.

At about 1:56 a.m. Tuesday, the firefighters were returning to Station 1 at 1320 Willamette Street when they heard glass shattering.

They said a man had broken into Star Gate, a store that has spiritual items, tarot cards and gifts. The firefighters called 911 and detained the man when he tried to leave.

"I want to thank the fire department. They showed up, they tackled the man who broke the window, and they came and they cleaned up the glass," Star Gate owner Alan Stein said. "There were four people this morning helping me clean up the glass."

Police said Finneran did extensive damage to the business and the windshield of a nearby car.

Finneran faces several charges, including second-degree burglary, first-degree criminal mischief, second-degree criminal mischief and second-degree disorderly conduct.

Court documents show that Finneran was convicted of stalking and second-degree disorderly conduct earlier this year.

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