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Want to rob a store? Don’t mess with Ogden

Ogden’s 25th Street has a colorful history, once known as a hot-spot for gambling, prostitution and drug sales. Local lore says that famous crime boss Al Capone once commented in the 1920s that the train city and 25th Street were too wild for his tastes.

A lot has changed since then. Apparently, these days, you can’t even get away with stealing a bracelet without 25th Street shop owners taking the law into their own hands.

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According to KUTV, C.J. Bovee, owner of Sock Money’n Around Antiques, went to Facebook to post a still from a surveillance camera of two men and a woman who came into her shop on Sept. 16 and allegedly stole a bracelet. The image was seen and shared by many, including other 25th Street shop owners.

On Sunday, an employee at the bar next door, Brewskis, called Bovee to tell her the two men captured on the surveillance camera were there watching a football game.

Bovee called police, the television station reported, but when Ogden police didn’t immediately arrive, she devised a plan with bail bondsman and owner of nearby bar Kokomo Club, Cindy Simone.

Simone approached the men, declared she was conducting a citizen’s arrest, and used zip ties as makeshift handcuffs.

"I said, ‘On behalf of the state of Utah, the city of Ogden, I’m going to do a citizen’s arrest. Stand up now,’" Simone told KUTV. "I zip-tied him inside the bar, behind their backs, handcuffed them, and then sat a kid here [at an outside patio] and I sat one here, and I zip-tied them to the chairs."

Eventually, police officers arrived and took over. However, no charges have been filed against the men in 2nd District Court as of Thursday.

"We have a community down here," Bovee told KUTV. "Don’t mess with anybody down here."

—Jessica Miller

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