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Burglary suspects apprehended

Sunday, August 2, 2009

CLAY CITY -- Clay County Sheriff's Department officials arrested two county men Sunday afternoon in connection to an alleged burglary.

According to a press release provided by CCSD, at approximately 11:02 a.m., deputies were dispatched to a Clay City residence in reference to a burglary in progress.

According to the release, an anonymous caller called officials saying she and her husband were arriving at the residence of a friend and noticed a familiar male subject exiting the residence.

The release said the female "realized the male did not belong at this residence."

The two arriving at the residence allegedly located a broken window and a male was seen fleeing into a wooded area.

Upon arrival, CCSD deputies and members of the Indiana State Police canvassed the area, speaking with neighbors to obtain a description of the male who was seen fleeing into the wooded area, a vehicle he entered and a description of the driver of the vehicle.

As a result, officials located both suspects at their respective homes and were then led to property which had been stolen from the residence.

Officials arrested Ryan Grafe, 20, and Michael Floyd, 19, both of Clay City, and booked them into the Clay County Justice Center.

Both were preliminary charged with burglary, a class B felony, theft, a class D felony, criminal trespass and criminal mischief, both class A misdemeanors.

According to the release, both were also charged with various narcotics related charges.

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They should count their blessings that we didn't catch up to them earlier in the day when they were casing another location.

-- Posted by goatrodeo on Sun, Aug 2, 2009, at 10:51 PM

Imagine that! All I can say is, it's about time! One of these men is my neighbor. I think they need to take a look around his home too, and the others that live there. There has been a lot of "activity" lately, strange cars in and out, leaving at 4:00 am and returning an hour later. Hmmm, wonder what they were up to? Great job CCSD, thanks for all you do!

-- Posted by timetomoveon on Mon, Aug 3, 2009, at 7:21 AM

you know it really upsets me when i hear about a thief. They want what you and i have, but they don't want to work for it. They want to steal ours. And we work hard to buy the things we have, sometimes we scrimp and save for something we want, but we don't go out and steal it. They need to make guys like this pay restitution.. I say put them on a work farm, we need more of those.If they think if i get caught I'll have to work, maybe they will think twice about it. At least some would.

-- Posted by dennisb1953 on Mon, Aug 3, 2009, at 7:22 AM


They cost us ALL when they are caught too as we pay to house them and fed them in jail. We pay to take them to court. We pay to feed their children. Yes our system needs to get work out of those convicted so at least they will be paying for their keep.

-- Posted by Jenny Moore on Mon, Aug 3, 2009, at 7:26 AM

I agree with dennisb1953, this should be put in effect as a deterent to crime, obviously these people don't want to work, that would make them think twice ,and do with what they have like the rest of us, or do without ,if they can't earn it, lots of things I'd like to have, it would never cross my mind to steal it from someone else. Put em to work, that would be an excessive punishment in their minds, therefore, it just might work.

-- Posted by Edward Kane on Mon, Aug 3, 2009, at 9:55 AM

why not go back to the old days when a person in prison had to work with a ball and chain. why not make them work and I mean work not just picking up cans and bottles. the way it is now they get a slap on the hand and the working citizens have to pay for their time in prison via taxes.

good work Clay County Officials.

-- Posted by Tracy Jones on Mon, Aug 3, 2009, at 3:33 PM

Have you laid in bed at night, so hot you can't sleep, yet you know that alarm is going to go off soon and it will be time to get up tired or not and go earn your living? Well, these people haven't had that feeling. They are laying in the air conditioning as we speak.

-- Posted by houseofhate on Mon, Aug 3, 2009, at 4:07 PM

Thank you to the hard working men and women of the Clay County Sheriff's Department for their valiant effort in catching these guys. Thank you to Sheriff Michael Heaton and Chief Deputy Rob Gambill for equipping your deputies to do the job their doing. Thank you for caring for "us" CLAY CITY residents. Day-in and day-out, you are always seeking to bring safety to our county and communities. We appreciate all you do for us.

-- Posted by flycatcher on Mon, Aug 3, 2009, at 7:00 PM

The fact that these boys were 19 & 20 shows that they are not ready to be adults. In the old days, the judge would give them a choice of prison or the military. These boys need to learn what their parents couldnt teach them. The military would break their stupidity and give them a base to build upon. I am sure that they werent spanked and did whatever they wanted to. They are indeed blessed that a rightful homeowner with a gun didnt give them a final lesson.

-- Posted by classof1979bhs on Mon, Aug 3, 2009, at 10:37 PM

This is someone who personally knows ryan and knows that he is a good person and he made a mistake. the 'strange' cars are their friends because they have lives. this is ryans 1st offense. they both had jobs and the criminal act was completely random, they are kids that got bored in clay city, they are not the 1st people in clay city to screw up. The neighbors saying the house needs to be checked have called the cops numerous times on everyone in the neighborhood. They have friends at their house at night because they all work together and all have changing schedules. why are THEY up at 4 in the morning watching other peoples homes, maybe the cops should search they're house.

-- Posted by leftbehind2009 on Mon, Aug 3, 2009, at 11:38 PM

I have lived in this neighborhood for 11 years and have watched these kids grow up. At one point I would have agreed with you regarding them being good kids. You are absolutely right that they are not the first to screw up, but screw up they did, and they need to be punished for it. I know there have been narcotics busts at that house; this is NOT the first time. I don't quite understand your point about "getting bored." You seriously don't believe getting bored is a justification for breaking into another person's residence, do you?!? Thank goodness for the people that pulled up when this was happening if they hadn't been there, these poor people wouldn't have had their stolen property recovered. I don't set my alarm for 4:00 am to get up and check out the neighborhood, I get up for work. If you truly knew me, you would know that I would do anything for anyone. If they were in trouble and came to my door, I would let them in and do whatever I could to help. If you feel I need to be scolded for "watching" the things going on in my neighborhood, scold away, I don't mind. I am not the only resident that feels this way that's for sure. Kudos again to the people that were paying attention, and caught them in the act, and to the CCSD.

-- Posted by timetomoveon on Tue, Aug 4, 2009, at 6:17 AM

PRISON is to easy! what happen to hard labor. i know it is the people we vote into office.3 meals a/c no responsibilities they get paid ( not much ) write letters scamming men and women asking for money ( and most get it) then when they get out they can't get a job so they turn to what they know best STeal, drugs to our children , etc. most go on to bigger and harder crimes.

-- Posted by Sand mann on Tue, Aug 4, 2009, at 7:26 AM


you stated u no ryan personally and this was his 1st offense .1st offence CAUGHT!what happened if he broke into a home and a man/woman was to shoot him , would it be the shooters fault? I'm sure ryan knows right from wrong. get what he gets!

-- Posted by Sand mann on Tue, Aug 4, 2009, at 7:44 AM

My family was robbed about three or four weeks ago. And i cannot tell you the uneasiness that we now feel knowing that lowlifes have been in our home to take our hard-earned belongings. I stayed home for about a week, waiting in the curtains-drawn living room, hoping and praying they'd be stupid enough to come back for more of our belongings... believe me, i was more than prepared for them. Only God would have had mercy on their souls...

ANYWAYS, a friend of mine works with one or both of these hoodlums (Grafe & Floyd), and he mentioned that they were trying to sell certain items that sounded awfully familiar to things that were taken from our home. If this is their first "offense", it is only because they messed up this time and got caught.

These losers need to be taught some kind of lesson. Jail time and/or a slap on the wrist doesn't cut it because they aren't afraid of anything. Make them afraid of the consequences and they'll stop.

-- Posted by robbedoncebefore on Tue, Aug 4, 2009, at 8:40 AM

robbedoncebefore ,

I disagree with you on only 1 thing : you said "they aren't afraid of anything". They are afraid ! Scared to death ! They only want you to think that. Why do you think they break in when there is no one home? Scared punks. If they don't rat on eachother and go to court , go and see the looks on their faces. You will know. Maybe we all should take time, go to court show the judge we what these thugletts off our streets .

-- Posted by Sand mann on Tue, Aug 4, 2009, at 8:57 AM


You say that they got bored in Clay City and that is the reason that they did this. Well I live in Brazil so I guess that you are stating that if I got bored here then I could go rob someone and that would be okay because I was bored. That is no excuse to go and steal something from someone. I am glad that there are still some people out there that watch out for others and report things that just don't look right. My right as an American is to protect my home and family. If he has a job then why was he not at work when this occurred. Maybe if he had been at work then he would not have been in trouble. I mean you just don't go drive around and say let's go to this house and rob it. They had been scoping it out for a while to see when they were home when they were gone and how long it would take someone to get out there if the cops were called. I dated a guy, who later on robbed somewhere and got caught but he had it all planned out. I was not with him at the time nor was I with him anytime after that but I know he had planned it out because that all came out in court. I know the neighbors around there I also know the person timetomoveon. They are correct. They would do anything for anyone. I have known them my whole life a lot longer than you have known Ryan. Trust me on that one. I would also have to agree with everyone else jail is too easy. There are soldiers over in Iraq and other areas that are fighting for our freedom and they have worse living conditions. I think that they deserve more respect than our criminals. They need to have a real job and live in the heat and not have such a luxury life. Yeah I did say that jail was a luxury. Three meals a day, medicine paid for, Television, a college education, clothes, laundry service, these are all things that I have to pay for. There is a sheriff out in Arizona named Joe Arpaio who I have to say has the right idea. Look it up sometime on google all jails need to be ran like his. I bet more people would not get into trouble.

-- Posted by time2growup on Tue, Aug 4, 2009, at 8:59 AM

book m Joe Arpaio , I also like the web site maybe Clay County could set one up.

-- Posted by Sand mann on Tue, Aug 4, 2009, at 9:10 AM


when i said, "they aren't afraid of anything," i meant our current judicial system doesn't scare them. If they go to jail, they'll live in a tiny cell, but they'll probably eat better there than they normally would at home! Jail is too soft, and they aren't afraid of it.

I know they're scared punks because they feel the need to rob and steal from those that work hard for it. They know they won't amount to anything, and they're scared.

I'm with ya, victory04!!!!

-- Posted by robbedoncebefore on Tue, Aug 4, 2009, at 10:27 AM

You have got to be kidding me. It is completely pre-meditated to break into someones home and steal. That is a bunch of garbage!!!!!!!!! This is irresponsibility on the part of the kids, and their parents. Yes, I said it.

I know that no one is surprised with the Floyd boy, the best thing would be to go ahead and lock him up because he is not going to stop. The Grafe boy is no angel either. They knew what they were doing, where they were going, ridiculous!!!

This county needs to get more pro-active in cleaning up this junk. You're right. They are going to get shot. I hope it sends out a message that the people of Clay County are tired of it. The best thing in the world would be to put these boys to work. HARD WORK. They need to pay restitution, and prove that they can be upstanding.

I can't believe that you would poo-poo the situation away because it was a first offense. Like, all of the sudden, NOW he knows better. These losers all run around together....get a clue.

-- Posted by __2--- on Tue, Aug 4, 2009, at 12:28 PM

It seem funny to me there are always those whom defend the thugletts. oh they were in the wrong place at the wrong time , they are really good kids, first time, It makes me SICK.bet they haven't broke in your home or have taken something of yours. Can't even leave kids bikes in your yard. Brazil has to many thugletts and where are their parents? Running the streets just like their kids!maybe not all but alot.alot of these kids are taught this by watching their parents , they are also taught to work the system not work in the system.

-- Posted by Sand mann on Tue, Aug 4, 2009, at 1:50 PM


John 8:7

Matthew 7:1

-- Posted by air1 on Tue, Aug 4, 2009, at 2:07 PM

I seriously doubt this was thier first time doing this,I doubt it, they have done this quite a few times.They just got caught.

But like others the clay county court system will slap thier wrist and send them back to do it again.

-- Posted by T-REX on Wed, Aug 5, 2009, at 9:41 AM

You know as i read through, this article it made me sick to my stomach.A couple weeks ago, my daughter came home from work about 300am her and her boyfriend..they were going on a trip the next day they had to meet up with their friends at 700am , going to Ohio , well to make long story short ,, between 4and 7 am yes some losers, pushed the back door in and came in,, with them their sleeping ,, well the low life came around back didnt see boyfriends car way up in carport , so he came in saw my daughters purse on table took it and a few other things ,, her purse had all her tip money in there for the last 3 days,450 dollar camera all together added up to over 900dollars. well its all in the hands of our DETECTIVE now roomers are going around. and we are 95% sure on who it is now ,and and you wont get away with this one. so now as much as i hate guns my whole family , has one now. and ya you all are right jail is to good for them,, SO LOSERS BEWARE

-- Posted by whisperinghope on Fri, Aug 7, 2009, at 10:21 AM

You people say that these kids need to get jobs, they don't know what waking up early and working is. Here is what I say to you bafoons. They had jobs, you try and make it off of eight dollars an hour in this economy you self righteous pricks. You all think you are high and mighty because you make money, well money isn't everything. Grafe was brought up by his parents, and his parents aren't out running the streets, they live very nicely because they make money. I know for a fact that Ryan is a good kid at heart. You try having no money because the economy is highering nobody and having bills to pay that you can't. You have no right any of you to think less of these people because they want what other people have. I can say for sure that there are many things that you want that you can't afford, I'm not saying it is right to take those things, but you can't say that you don't want anything that you can't have either.

TimetoMoveon, you need to do what your username says. You are think that your perfect, but your not. I dare you to quit your job, move to somewhere where no one knows you and bring no money. I bet that without your nice little house, lots of money coming in you wouldn't be so keen to look down at these boys.

Classof1979bhs, you should only be talking about one of the kids, and that is floyd. As I said earlier, Ryan's parents raised him right.


When you are constantly getting laid off because of the economy you aren't at work all time you dip.

I pray for each one of you that you learn not to judge for one thing in a man or woman's life.

-- Posted by ThinkB4USPEAK on Mon, Dec 14, 2009, at 1:47 AM

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