"Who steals a cheese grater?"; Floyd County burglary victim says suspect pointed gun at him

Published: Aug. 23, 2018 at 6:05 PM EDT
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Mason Tackett unexpectedly had a gun pointed at him when he confronted an alleged burglar.

"Must have been a bad batch around here cause Floyd County has gone crazy here in the last four days," exclaimed Tackett.

Neighbors notified Tackett that his cousin Phillip Matthew Hagans was seen carrying items from his house.

"When I finally got down here to the house to look and see what happened the door was standing wide open," Tackett pointed out. "It looked like he was packing up for a yard sale when he come out."

And that is when he confronted Hagans.

"He was lying throwing his hands. Saying stuff like "I didn't do it, I didn't do it." You know how rogues do," said Tackett. "Blame it on everybody else!"

The confrontation took a dangerous turn once Tackett found items belonging to him.

"I went around the back of that house he was at and seen my stuff. And then I come back out and he pulled a gun on me when I got back around the house," explained Tackett as he held up his hand like a gun. "I guess he thought I was upset with him."

Items Hagans allegedly took are not normally the target of a would-be burglar.

"It's the most random assortment of things. It looked like he was getting ready to go to a pallet sale," said Tackett.

Tackett says he cannot understand why Hagans took some of the things he did.

"Who steals a cheese grater? He's got the works...Lysol! He stole an empty bottle of spray! What got me the most was my soap. He stole my soap! Who steals soap!?!" Tackett exclaimed as he tossed the bottle of soap aside.

Tackett says he plans to file additional charges against Hagans.

Philip Hagans is charged with receiving stolen property and being a convicted felon with a firearm. A preliminary hearing is set for August 28 at 1:30 p.m. in Floyd District Court. His bond is set at $25,000.