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."
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.