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Police: Men stole animal tranquilizers

Jessica Cuffman • Aug 27, 2014 at 2:38 PM

With the public’s help, Bellevue police have nabbed a man accused of breaking into a veterinarian’s office and stealing animal tranquilizers.

Officers are now asking for more information in solving a total of five robberies this past month.

The first two burglary attempts at Bellevue Animal Hospital on West Main Street in September left the business ransacked. The burglars tried to break into a safe unsuccessfully, although police suspect the culprits still made off with an animal tranquilizer taken from a refrigerator, Bellevue police Detective Eric Burt said.

In the weeks that followed, burglars twice targeted Countryvue Animal Hospital on Castalia Street. The business owners installed a security system, catching the two suspects on video.

With help from the public, the police posted the video. Within hours they identified Kyle Strong, 24, of Bellevue. They tracked him down and charged him with breaking and entering, theft and theft of a dangerous drug connected with the last break-in at Countryvue.

Information from a confidential informant also led police to Chad Pelton, 29, of the 100 block of Brinker Street. Detectives obtained a warrant to search the home, finding items linking Pelton to the first two break-ins at Countryvue. He was charged with receiving stolen property.

Police are still trying to identify a third suspect recorded on video — a man with a ponytail who was seen with Strong as they tried to break into the safe at Countryvue. The video is posted to the Bellevue Police Department’s Facebook page.

Strong and his unidentified partner are accused of taking animal tranquilizers and animal sedatives, using some and selling others.

To finish up the case, detectives said they need help from the public in piecing together additional information and identifying the third suspect. The Bellevue police number is 419-483-4444.

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