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Two suspects arrested for anhydrous theft

Friday, May 9, 2008

Ralph W. Bretzman
* K-9 Officer Forrest assisted after returning to duty

An injured K-9 officer assisted members of the Clay City Police, Clay County Sheriff's Department and the Indiana State Police during the arrest of two suspects allegedly involved in an anhydrous ammonia theft Thursday evening.

"I know I said Forrest was on light duty but he'd be ready if needed. I just wasn't expecting it to be so quick," Deputy/K-9 Handler Josh Clarke told The Brazil Times Friday. "Forrest did really well. He was right on track and did the job quickly."

Samuel A. Robertson
Shortly before 11 p.m., Clay City Police Chief Terry Skaggs discovered an anhydrous ammonia tank had been tampered with while patrolling Howesville Farm Supply. While Skaggs was securing the tank, a vehicle fled the area with the passenger throwing away a propane tank that nearly struck the patrol vehicle. (Indiana State Police later determined the tank contained anhydrous ammonia.)

Traveling east on State Road 246, Skaggs attempted to make a traffic stop, but the driver refused and turned south onto SR 59. After a short distance, the driver stopped and surrendered to authorities. The passenger ran away with Skaggs in pursuit.

Once the suspect was out of sight, Skaggs requested assistance from the Clay County Sheriff's Department K-9 Unit.

K-9 Officer Forrest found the suspect hidden in a densely wooded area under a thick pile of debris in the area of an old barn. After several requests to surrender and come out of his hiding place, Forrest was sent in to bring out the suspect.

"Without a trained K-9, we wouldn't have found the suspect," Clarke said. "We also want to give credit to and thank the local residents who helped us during the search. In order to help keep our community safe, we need help from our citizens sometimes."

The suspects were transported to the Clay County Justice Center for booking.

Samuel A. Robertson, 28, and Ralph W. Bretzman, 48, both from Spencer, Ind., were booked on preliminary charges of resisting law enforcement, trespass, possession of anhydrous ammonia and theft.

As of 5 p.m., Friday, jail officials confirmed both suspects, facing $7,000 cash bonds, were awaiting formal arraignment according to the court schedule.

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I love doggy stories, and I am also happy that Officer Forrest is back :)

-- Posted by c1iwant on Sat, May 10, 2008, at 11:07 AM

Great pics. of two fine upstanding citizens.

-- Posted by Matt Dillion on Sat, May 10, 2008, at 3:17 PM

Samuo has the prettiest blue eyes, maybe because he has no pupos.

-- Posted by yubantode on Sat, May 10, 2008, at 7:21 PM

Great job Forrest!! Another meth lab soiled from your hard work!! Keep it up...maybe you can get a paid vacation now that Dayk is on the job!! He has some big paws to live up to!

-- Posted by maybe on Wed, May 14, 2008, at 2:04 PM

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