Corn stalks lead police to suspected thief

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JOHNSON COUNTY, Ind. (WISH) – Police in Johnson County say corn stalks helped lead them to a suspected thief.

Police said a homeowner called them on Saturday and said that someone had broken into his garage and stolen several items.

When police arrived to the home in the 4500 block of North County Road 600 East, they began investigating the area around the home.

Nearby, detectives noticed a car had driven through a cornfield.

As they followed the tire tracks, officials discovered the car had driven back on the roadway.  Corn stalks that had fallen from the car onto the roadway, led police to where the suspect had allegedly dumped the vehicle.

A K9 officer was called in and found the suspect, Robert D. Snead, hiding in a soybean field.

Snead was arrested on burglary, theft and criminal mischief charges.

A previous version of this story said Snead had allegedly stolen the homeowner’s car; however, Johnson County police said the car he drove through the cornfield was his own car. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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