FOUR SUSPECTS HELD IN PUPPY PILFERING CASE
WEST POINT – Four men were being held Tuesday in the West Point Jail after an off-duty police dispatcher witnessed them taking three Rotweiler puppies from the back yard of a Brame Avenue residence.
West Point Police Chief Bill Ladd said the case of the purloined puppies was quickly sorted out when the dispatcher, who is also an auxiliary police officer, had the men arrested and charged with dog stealing. All the puppies were recovered at the time of the arrests.
According to police reports, the dispatcher witnessed the men park their car at a neighboring business, take garments from a clothesline of a nearby house and then emerge from behind a residence carrying the puppies wrapped in clothing.
Arrested were: Thomas Nathan Roby, 18, 1940 Old Waverley Road, West Point; Eric Robertson, 18, 1969 Alford Perkins St., Starkville; Adam L. Robertson, 21, Route 1, Box 117-A, Starkville; and Cedric L. Tate, age unavailable, 1470 Cummings Road, Starkville. Ladd said Eric Robertson also was being held for the Starkville Police Department on a burglary charge.
As of Tuesday afternoon, the four were being held pending their preliminary hearing and setting of bond.
Ladd said the owner of the puppies said he had shown the dogs to some of the men at an earlier date. The owner was attempting to sell the puppies, whose breed is known for its fierceness, for $150 each.
– Jane Hill