Woman surprises alleged burglars
Friday, April 12, 2019

CROMWELL – A rural Cromwell resident returned home Friday morning to find someone on her property.

At around 8:30 a-m she found a male going through one of her vehicles. The male was last seen carrying a backpack and running into the woods behind the residence.

Noble County Deputies Todd Weber and Brandon Chordas arrived and set up a perimeter with police units from the NCSD, Cromwell PD, Indiana State Police, Kosciusko County Sheriff Dept, and DNR.

Both Noble County drones and a state police K9 were deployed. Trooper David Caswell and his K9 partner Chase located footprints in a field west of the residence that led to a county ditch lined with trees. Up ahead of the team the suspect was flushed out of hiding and located by Deputy Shafter Baker via the drone. He was soaking wet and without the backpack he was seen wearing.

Chordas and Weber noticed some shoes submerged beneath an old rusty drain culvert. The two officers took a second suspect into custody and noticed he was suffering from hypothermia after hiding in the ice cold water for nearly an hour. He was transported by EMS for medical treatment and later booked into jail for an outstanding warrant.

22-year-old Joseph Chaffins of North Webster and 30-year-old Charles D. Zollinger of Warsaw were held pending charges.