Teens nabbed for stealing horse tranquilizers in break-ins

By Stephen Betts | Nov 27, 2017

Washington — Two teenagers were apprehended Sunday, accused of breaking into homes and cars in Washington and stealing a variety of items including horse tranquilizers.

Ian D. Vannah, 18, of Washington, was arrested by the Knox County Sheriff's Office and charged with 12 offenses -- two residential burglaries, two residential thefts, four motor vehicle burglaries, receiving stolen property, aggravated criminal mischief, escape, and refusing to submit to arrest.

A 16-year-old boy from Waterville was also apprehended. His specific charges were not immediately available because he is a juvenile.

The Knox County Sheriff's Office received calls shortly before 5 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 26 from two residents saying their homes had been broken into by someone. One resident of the Old North Union Road reported that she heard a dog barking and found someone had been in her home and stolen two laptop computers and other items.

Another resident said prescription medication had been stolen as well as cash and other items.

The department also received calls from residents along the Sprague Road of their motor vehicles being entered and items stolen.

The department then received a call from a witness who led deputies to Vannah's home. Vials of what appeared to be horse tranquilizers were found. The items reported stolen were also recovered at the Vannah property.

The teens were found passed out in Vannah's bedroom with vials of the drug and needles. The deputy said it took several attempts to wake up the teens.

Vannah initially denied stealing anything but then confessed, according to an affidavit filed by the Sheriff's Office with Knox County Unified Court.

He was handcuffed and placed into a cruiser. He started kicking out the rear window and damaged the cruiser. At another point, he ran handcuffed from officers but was quickly  apprehended again and taken to the Knox County Jail in Rockland, according to the affidavit.

Judge Susan Sparaco agreed to set bail at $2,500 cash as recommended by both the defense and district attorney's office during a brief hearing Monday.

Comments (1)
Posted by: Mary A McKeever | Nov 27, 2017 16:10

And a slap on the wrist will not teach them anything. Detention and work detail could teach them what an honest days work is! Sad!



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