Deputy catches thieves in act

A Johnson County Sheriff’s Office deputy on patrol south of Franklin caught two men in the act of stealing equipment from an abandoned farmhouse this weekend.

Brian Slagle, 42, and Albert Burris, 53, were arrested on charges of burglary and theft. Slagle was also arrested on charges of operating a vehicle having forfeited his license and escape.

A deputy was driving north on County Road 325 East at 12:40 p.m. when he saw a pick-up truck with a large amount of metal items in it pulling out of an abandoned farm property at the 5100 block of County Road 325E. Thefts have been reported from the property in the past, a Johnson County Sheriff’s Office report said.

The deputy stopped the truck and found an antique cast iron wood stove, a band-saw and a gas range. The deputy called the owner of the property, who identified the items as having been on his property, the report said.

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Slagle, who was driving, didn’t have a license. He also was wearing an ankle bracelet, and shouldn’t have left his home in Edinburgh as he was on house arrest, the report said.

Slagle, 501 Fairlane Dr., and Burris, 7950 Antler Court,  were arrested and taken to Johnson County jail. Slagle was held on $9,000 bond. Burris was held on $4,500 bond.

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Jacob Tellers is a reporter at the Daily Journal. He can be reached at or 317-736-2702.