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Discussion in 'Indiana Outdoor News' started by ICOKnoy, Apr 13, 2007.

  1. Some news out of northern Indiana.


    PIO Officer J.P. Salb

    For Immediate Release
    April 12, 2007

    Trail Cam Bandits Trail Leads Two Brothers To Jail
    Two Northern Indiana brothers, appropriately named “The Trail Cam Bandits” were sentenced April 5th in Kosciusko Circuit Court. The brothers were sentenced to one and a half years in a Department of Corrections facility for the October 2005 theft of a deer hunter’s tree stand near Etna Green. Steven Briscoe 30, Goshen and Roger Briscoe 34, Nappanee were found guilty of theft, a class D Felony, by a six-person jury in March.

    The arrest gained local attention after Glenn Ransbottom, of Etna Green, discovered his deer hunting tree stand had been stolen from his property. Ransbottom, an avid hunter, had a trail camera set up close to his stand to photograph any movement of deer in that area. Soon after having the camera’s film developed, Ransbottom held in his hand a photo showing two men carrying parts of his tree stand away from its location. At the encouragement of friends, Ransbottom contacted State Conservation Officer Lyle Enyeart of Kosciusko County and showed him the photo of what he believed to be evidence of a “smoking gun”.

    Officer Enyeart and Kosciusko County Prosecutor’s Investigator Sam Whitaker used the photo and theft in the weekly Crime Stoppers Crime of the Week. Tips provided by the public and additional help from the Kosciusko County Drug Task Force and Nappanee Police Dept led investigators to the Briscoe’s and their subsequent arrest and conviction. Each man could have faced up to three years in prison and $10,000 in fines.


    PIO Officer J.P. Salb

    For Immediate Release
    April 12, 2007

    Conservation Officer Bags One For Overbagging
    A 19 year old Wabash County deer hunter was ordered to pay nearly $1800 after recently pleading guilty to 2 charges of unlawful taking of buck deer. Dwayne Jones, of Somerset, entered his guilty plea in Wabash County Superior Court after Conservation Officer Jerry Hoerdt, of North Manchester, received information implicating Jones and 2 others in a plan to overbag on antlered deer. Officer Hoerdt stated that Jones wanted a trophy buck but was unwilling to pass up the smaller bucks that ultimately led to him harvesting three times the annual bag limit for antlered deer. Jones resorted to conspiring with two other persons close to him to purchase licenses and who thereby unlawfully tagged the bucks as though they had killed them. In addition to his monetary fines and court costs, Jones was placed on probation for 1 year and given a 180 day suspended jail sentence.

    Throw the book at these bastards!:coolgleam

    Congrats and THANK YOU to the police and CO's that helped nail these guys!

  3. :woohoo1::woohoo1::woohoo1::woohoo1::woohoo1:
    put their arses in jail!!

    awesome work and thanks to our law enforcement officers!!!
  4. Good job, ICOs!!!
  5. Yes!!!!! Way to go C.O`s. Hopefully news of this catch will get out and deter anyone else out there who may think of doing the same thing.
  6. Thank God the good guys win one!!!!!!!!!! I'd like to read more stories like that! OR have it happen less.......
  7. i love to see an arrogant theif caught and have to pay. nothing worse than a theif.
  8. Thank You to all ICOs. You guys are underpaid, but do a job that not everyone could do. Keep gettin' 'em men!!!!

    Than YOU!!!!
  9. Got to talk to John Salb today and even seen the pic that convicted the clowns. Thanks to John and company (K.CO DTF, S.Whitacker, Nappanee) and anyone else not mentioned, great job. Allways nice to see teamwork.
    Sad that local press won't cover more positive law enforcement issues and show appretiation for the efforts.

    Thanks from your local sportsmen
  10. Thanks I.C.O.

    Great job on the arrest. I really think that you guys (and gals) really go unoticed in the publics eye. I value you as heros along with the military, police, and fire departments. You keep us safe when we are out enjoying are free time and you have to work. You help in search and rescues and in drug bust. You put your lifes on the line so we can pursue our happiness. Thank you and keep up the good work.