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News ‘Snatch and run’ criminal caught in Otto

Saturday morning a store in Otto fell victim to a “snatch and run” robbery. The suspect was taken into custody within an hour of the incident. Photo by Vickie CarpenterSheriff’s Office K-9 unit instrumental in solving case.

On Saturday morning, with the help of Clifford, a oneyear- old member of the Macon County K-9 unit, Macon County Sheriff's deputies were able to apprehend a 22-yearold man after a “snatch and run” of an undisclosed amount of money from the Otto General Store.

An Otto General Store employee explained that after the suspect entered the store, the staff began watching him closely because of suspicious behavior. The suspect asked for a cigarette and after attempting to pay for a few items, the suspect was short on the total amount, but the employee told him it would not be a problem. The suspect then reached across the counter and snatched cash from the register. The store employee said she immediately called the Sheriff’s Office, and within an hour the suspect had been apprehended.

According to Macon County Sheriff Robbie Holland, deputies located the suspect, Benjamin Prince, at a nearby residence. Clifford helped officers search the area after getting the suspect’s scent off of a piece of clothing left behind at the scene of the crime.

On Tuesday, Holland explained that officers allowed the dog to smell the article of clothing before he began tracking the suspect from the location of the robbery. Prince was tracked from the store and through the area tracking directly to the front door of what has now been determined to be the suspect's residence.

Clifford then continued to track up a set of stairs to another apartment. The second residence that Clifford tracked Prince's scent to was the apartment where deputies had found the suspect earlier. Holland explained that although deputies were able to apprehend the suspect before the dog tracked the scent to the residence, the Sheriff's Office utilized the K9 unit to further collect evidence in the case. According to reports, Prince was attempting to flee the area at the time of his arrest.

After arresting Prince, Sheriff's deputies discovered that Prince was also the suspect of an unrelated incident being investigated by the Franklin Police Department.

Wednesday morning, the Otto General Store employee said she appreciated the hard work and commitment of the Sheriff’s Office staff during the crime and in the follow up after.

Prince has been booked into the Macon County Detention Center and charged with common law robbery and felony larceny on an $8,000 bond.


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