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Retired Centralia Police Lieutenant Breaks Up Burglary In His Garage

By Bruce Kropp, WJBD News

A 49-year-old Centralia man has been charged with burglary after allegedly being caught in the process of entering a garage at the home of retired Centralia Police Lieutenant Bruce Humphrey on South Hickory Street.  

Centralia Police say Ronald Crabtree of South Hickory had set off a burglar alarm when entering the garage.  Crabtree allegedly swung a power mower blade as well as a hammer as Humphrey was trying to hold him in the garage until police arrived.  At one point, Humphrey also grabbed Crabtree's legs when he tried to kick out a window.  Crabtree was taken into custody without incident when police arrived.  

Bond was set at $25,000 when Crabtree appeared for the first time on the charge in Marion County Court later in the day on Thursday.  The public defender was appointed to represent Crabtree and he was ordered to have no contact  with Humphrey if he is released from jail.     

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