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Sunday, June 16,2013

Officer injured chasing alleged scrap-metal thief

An Athens County Sheriff's deputy is expected to be off duty for a few weeks, after suffering an injury while chasing a suspect in a scrap-metal theft from a business just north of The Plains that took place during a big storm last week.

Injured in the chase was Lt. Steve Sedwick, who according to a post on Sheriff Pat Kelly's Facebook page, lost his footing while chasing one of three suspects and tore ligaments in his knee.

Sedwick and two other officers, according to the post, were called to Cochran's Gravel Sand and Gravel on Circle 33 Road, on a report that some people were stealing scrap metal. 

When the deputies arrived they caught two males aged 19 and 16, both from Millfield, the report said. Kelly's office did not release their names, and no one booked into the regional jail Thursday or Friday would appear to match the 19-year-old.

The men's vehicle was allegedly loaded with a set of aluminum running boards from a Cochran's dump truck, a power takeoff drive from a truck, two pulleys, a large metal pin from a bulldozer, a drive from a sand machine, and a grease pump. The business owner reportedly estimated the replacement value of the parts at $3,000 to $4,000.

A third suspect ran from the truck upon Lt. Sedwick's arrival and escaped. Based on Kelly's post, authorities apparently believe they know who this man is, though no update had been given as of noon Sunday on whether he had been apprehended.


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