Crime victim solves case after digging through trash - WKRN News 2

Crime victim solves case after digging through trash

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Stacy Roascia and Christopher Griffis Stacy Roascia and Christopher Griffis
David Katzenberger David Katzenberger
GILES COUNTY, Tenn. -

It's not often that the victim of a crime solves his own case, but that is exactly what happened in Giles County last Thursday.

Detectives told Nashville's News 2 Investigates the victim went as far as digging through the suspects' trash in an effort to land them behind bars.

According to authorities, Stacy Rosacia and her friend Christopher Griffis broke into David Katzenberger's wife's vehicle. The pair got away with the costume jewelry that Katzenberger's wife sells.

The 25-year-old man said he immediately called authorities, but then took matters into his own hands by showing photographs of the stolen jewelry to store merchants.

One local merchant reported she remembered seeing Rosacia wearing some of the missing costume jewelry.

"They pointed me in the right direction," Katzenberger said.

The father of one said he then went to the suspect's home, put on gloves and collected garbage from their trash can, which was at the curb.

Inside the trash, Katzenberger discovered a note written by his wife, as well as her pink jewelry bags.

"[When I saw them, I knew] that they had been caught. They got them," he said, adding, "I felt pretty good about that."

On Wednesday, Nashville's News 2 Investigates spoke to Roascia, who remains jailed.

During an interview, she admitted that she broke into multiple vehicles in an effort to feed her drug habit.  

"I have a drug addiction that caused me to make poor choices that landed me here," she said. "You do stupid stuff when you're high."

She added that she is going to use her arrest as an opportunity to go to rehab and get off of drugs for her young children.

Giles County authorities said Katzenberger may have helped solve as many as 10 burglaries.

Detectives added they do not recommend crime victims go to the measures Katzenberger did to help catch crime suspects, and that they believe there could be additional victims.

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