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...Another One Bites the Dust...
(April 21, 2005)

...Another One Bites the Dust...

Thanks to the involvement of concerned citizens and the speedy work of Sheriff's Deputies' and Detectives, a Stolen Property ring was shut down Wednesday overnight. Upon receiving information that a stolen All Terrain Vehicles were being sold from a rural home just inside Shelby County, two men contacted the Johnson County Sheriff's Office. One of the ATV's they described matched the description of an ATV stolen from the 6000 Block of 300W outside Trafalgar earlier in the week while another ATV was suspected to be stolen from just north of Franklin; That incident, investigated by Deputy Dave Walters and Deputy Steve Wray, tracked the stolen ATV from the area of the Legends Golf Course to just north of Greensburg Road and 700E in rural Needham Township. Ironically, the suspect's home was less than one half mile from that location. Detectives posing as interested buyers were sent to look at the ATV's and they found suspected stolen items and many vehicles that had been traded for stolen items. Stolen ATV's were recovered and vehicles involved in the trade for stolen merchandize were impounded. A tip led Detectives to another Greenwood man who might have another stolen ATV. That man received word that Deputies' and Detectives were hot on his trail, so he tried to flee with the stolen ATV in his pickup truck. Unfortunately for him, Sheriff's Deputies' Andy Fisher, Brian Blankenship, Andy Barnhart, Alexander Talley, and Tom Stewart quickly formed a perimeter of avenues that the suspect might take to escape; Deputy Andy Fisher quickly spotted the suspect vehicle with an ATV in the rear matching the description of one recently stolen in Southern Johnson County. The man was stopped and subsequently arrested. Another tip led to locating another ATV in Pittsboro, Indiana. More charges are pending as the investigation continues.