Monday, October 30, 2000

Three arrested after burglary, 8-mile car chase

Suspect fired shotgun at witness

By Tom O'Neill
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        STONELICK TOWNSHIP — A witness to a weekend burglary learned a lesson in why chasing burglars is best left to police. The witness was fired upon by one of the burglars with a shotgun following an eight-mile car chase, police said. He escaped uninjured.

        “That's the scary part, it could have gone from a simple burglary to a homicide really easily,” said Miami Township Officer William Paul, who assisted in the search for the men.

        “It's not worth it.”

        The chase, which started in Perry, Brown County, and ended on a dead-end road in northeast Clermont County on Saturday afternoon, led to the arrest of three suspects.

        No one was injured, and police have recovered some of the stolen items, police said.

        The three suspects were in custody Sunday.

        Charles Cramer, 21, and Anthony Ward, 28, both of Starling Road, Bethel, Clermont County, were charged with one count each of complicity to burglary. Terry Hacker, 28, of Bodman Road, Mount Orab, Brown County, was arrested on a parole violation charge out of Franklin County, Ohio.

        Mr. Cramer and Mr. Ward are being held in Brown County jail on $20,000 bond each. Mr. Hacker is being held in Clermont County Jail without bond.

        Additional charges are pending, the Brown County sheriff's department said Sunday. The men are suspected in three Saturday morning burglaries but have not been charged.

        The chase began on Foozer Road in Perry, Brown County, when the man witnessed a residential burglary in progress, police said.

        The witness saw three men breaking into a residence, and pursued them into Clermont, where the men drove down Sumner Road, a dead-end. One of the three men got out of the vehicle and fired a shotgun blast at the witness, after which the men fled into nearby woods.

        A helicopter and canine-unit search involved both sheriff's departments, the Hamilton County sheriff's department, and police from Miami Township, Owensville, Newtonsville, Goshen Township, and the Ohio State Highway Patrol in Batavia.

        “The guy took a big chance,” Officer Paul said. “Just give the best description of the offenders and vehicle, and give us that. But don't get involved.”


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