Manufacture of meth, 8 other charges for Greencastle man

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Greencastle City Police officers were dispatched to 649 E. Walnut St. Monday afternoon after receiving a call about a possibly suicidal person.

Upon arrival at about 4 p.m., officers reportedly located the property owner on the back porch of the residence along with observing a white male whom officers know as Kyle A. Dobbs, 27, Greencastle, exiting an outbuilding behind the residence.

The property owner alerted officers that Kyle A. Dobbs was "extremely upset and angry and has made numerous threats to harm himself over the past month," GPD Chief Tom Sutherlin reported in a department press release.

The property owner believed Dobbs has been using methamphetamine because inside her home and in a vehicle on her property she found items that included empty pseudoephedrine (commonly sold as Sudafed) pill packages, a white powder, and various bottles, one of which contained Drano.

The property owner gave police verbal consent to search the property for Dobbs, including the outbuilding where he was last observed.

After entering the outbuilding, Dobbs was not located. However, police officers discovered items used to manufacture methamphetamine in plain view along with an obvious odor of anhydrous ammonia, Chief Sutherlin said.

Items located in the outbuilding included coffee filters, anhydrous ammonia, lithium strips, powdered Drano, clear tubing and other items. Officers exited the outbuilding and requested the Indiana State Police meth lab technicians.

Upon leaving 649 E. Walnut St., officers received a tip Dobbs was at 314 Melrose Ave. Members of the Greencastle Police Department and Indiana State Police arrived at that address at approximately 9 p.m. and attempted to make contact with Dobbs.

Officers were unable to get Dobbs or any other occupant to come to the door. Police then got in contact with the owner of the home, who was en route back to Greencastle from Indianapolis and stated there should be no one in the residence.

Once the owner returned, he gave officers written consent to search his residence, and GPD and Indiana State Police officers entered the residence and took Dobbs into custody without incident.

As reported in Wednesday's Putnam scanner, Dobbs was incarcerated in the Putnam County Jail on several preliminary charges, which include:

-- Manufacturing methamphetamine.

-- Possession of methamphetamine.

-- Possession of precursors.

-- Possession of anhydrous ammonia.

-- Residential entry.

-- Criminal trespass.

-- Possession of paraphernalia.

-- Dumping controlled substance waste.

-- Improper storage, handling, use or transportation of anhydrous ammonia.

The preliminary charges had not been reviewed by the Putnam County Prosecutor's Office at the time of Dobbs' arrest, police said.