Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

September 20, 2013

Deputy, K-9 track down two suspects

By ANNE ELGIN
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

PRINCETON — A Mercer County sheriff deputy and his K-9 partner, Maggie were able to track down two suspects Thursday following a break-in to an outbuilding on Harmon School Road.

 Richard Tiller, 28, of Montcalm and Stewart Johnson, 29, of Bluefield, were both arrested and charged with breaking and entering to an outbuilding, conspiracy to commit breaking and entering to an outbuilding, fleeing on foot and trespassing, according to a report by Deputy D.A. Furches.

The two men were discovered while officers were conducting a road patrol in the Oakland Terrace and Harmon School Road areas that had several unrelated vehicle break-ins throughout the night. Furches said in the report that officers noticed suspicious activity, and spotted a green SUV parked across a field with no one around.

Furches said it was evident that the suspects had fled on foot after seeing officers arrive on scene.

Maggie, who had arrived with Furches, began tracking the two men. While searching for the men, Maggie and the officers found several mechanical tools including sockets, wrenches and screwdrivers buried under some leaves. The men exited the woods onto Route 20 where Deputy W.E. Rose and Chief Deputy D.B. Bailey apprehended the men.

The investigation is still ongoing.

— Contact Anne Elgin at aelgin@bdtonline.com