Police doggedly pursue man through Mount Airy pig farm

Officers, canine nab 2 suspects in burglary

March 31, 2000|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF

Everyone tried to avoid Ajax and police dog handler Cpl. John Carhart early yesterday at the state police barracks in Westminster.

They smelled like pigs, but with good reason.

Ajax (pronounced eye-ax), a 4-year-old German shepherd, and Carhart had tracked a burglary suspect through woods and a pig farm in Mount Airy for more than an hour before making an arrest.

Paws and boots were caked with mud and manure, and an unmistakable pig odor clung to man, beast and the rear kennel area of Carhart's cruiser.

According to state police reports, Carhart and Ajax were called to the area of Route 808 in Mount Airy after Tfc. George Prager responded to a burglary in progress at homes under construction in the 1400 block of Summer Sweet Lane.

Prager arrived about 2 a.m., found an unoccupied blue pickup truck loaded with 11 sheets of plywood and saw two men run behind the houses. He called for backup, broadcast a description of the men and removed the keys from the truck's ignition.

As Prager followed in one direction, one man went to the truckbut found the keys were gone. He ran but was soon apprehended by Tfc. Kevin Stitcher.

The second man had taken off through residential streets.

The police dog unit arrived about 2: 45 a.m. Ajax picked up the second man's scent and led Carhart through streets, yards, fields, a pig farm and woods for nearly two miles.

The pursuit continued until almost 4 a.m., when the dog indicated that the man was in thick brush at a curve in a stream.

On command, Ajax bounded into the streambed and easily found his prey, who began yelling for Carhart to call off the dog.

Dennis M. Kolb, 37, of the 9000 block of Bessie Clemson Road in Union Bridge was arrested and taken to Carroll County General Hospital, where he was treated for a dog bite to the left leg, court documents showed.

Michael A. Neel, 36, of the 7800 block of Horse Shoe Court in Frederick was arrested by Stitcher.

Both men were released on unsecured $2,500 bonds after being charged with fourth-degree burglary and theft over $300, court documents showed.

Neel also was charged with making a false statement to a police officer.

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