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January 18, 2020

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Police investigate armed robbery at Dari Freeze

At 9:06 p.m. Tuesday, two male suspects entered the business, brandished a firearm and demanded money

An armed robbery at the Bluffton Dari Freeze, 595 S. Main St., is under investigation by Bluffton police, according to Ryan Burkholder, police chief.

The police issued the following statement on May 22:

On Tuesday, May 21, at approximately 9:06 p.m. Bluffton police officers responded to the Bluffton Dari Freeze for a reported armed robbery that had just occurred.

Upon arrival, officers learned that two male suspects had entered the business and brandished a firearm and demanded money.


Several arrests made by Bluffton police in April

Grove resident arrested for weapons violation

Here is the April Bluffton police department docket.

April 2
Officers responded to the Buckeye Park in reference to damaged property.

Officers responded to the 700 block of North Main Street in reference to a breaking and entering complaint.

Officers received a bad check / fraud complaint from a South Main Street business.

April 3
Officers took a report of lost medication.

April 5
Officers arrested a Bluffton resident on an outstanding warrant(s) out of the Lima Police Department.


Police nab drug trafficking suspect

Following early morning traffic stop

Bluffton police appended a suspect following a vehicle chase in the early morning hours of April 7. As a result, several pounds of suspected marijuana and other items associated with drug trafficking were discovered in the vehicle.

The suspect, who was not identified, was booked into the Allen County Justice Center. His case is pending. It is expected to go to a grand jury next month. Afterward, it will be handled in Allen County Common Pleas Court.

Ryan Burkholder, Bluffton police chief, provided the Icon with the follow account of the incident:


Bluffton PD arrest two on outstanding warrants

One from Weston, another from Kentucky

Here's the Bluffton police department docket for March.

March 1
Officers responded to a non-injury traffic crash on West Elm Street near Rosenberger Drive. A Bluffton resident was issued a citation for Assured Clear Distance Ahead into Lima Municipal Court.

March 3
Officers arrested a Lima resident on an outstanding warrant out of the Wood County Sheriff’s Office.


One drug-related arrest in February

Report also includes theft, fight complaint and suspicious person report

Nearly a half-dozen police log entries in Feburary relate to drug possesion. One arrest was made, which involved the police canine unit. The February report follows.

February 1
Officers responded to a non-injury traffic crash near the intersection of South Main Street and Cherry Street. A Delphos resident was issued a citation for reasonable control. The case is pending in Lima Municipal Court.


Police chief: Criminal activity has decreased since the addition of Kato

Here's a report of K9 activities since May 2018

Kato, the Bluffton police department’s K9, joined the department in May 2018. What’s the effect of the dog on law enforcement in the community?

According to Ryan Burkholder, police chief, “Our main goal in implementing a K9 program is to combat narcotics in and around Bluffton.”

Chief Burkholder added that criminal activity has decreased since the addition of Kato.