Investigation of suspicious activity leads to multiple arrests in Bluffton

BLUFFTON, Ind. (WANE) A nearly two-week long investigation that started when a resident reported suspicious activity has resulted in the arrests of six people, the recovery of dozens of stolen items and the discovery of two meth labs according to the Bluffton Police Department.

The investigation began on February 1, when officers went to the 300 block of Spring Street after receiving a call about suspicious activity. There they found a vehicle with Tennessee plates with ingredients to make meth and guns inside. Police made contact with Daniel Zerbe Jr., who was identified as having an active arrest warrant out of Allen County. He was then taken into custody.

The owner of the vehicle could not be found and police believe that person has fled the state. An arrest warrant for the owner and another person are being sought.

A second vehicle was also searched at the Spring Street residence and officers found items that led to the arrest of Tae Lane on a warrant for unlawful possession of a syringe.

The following day, officers responded to reports of a break-in at a residence in the 300 block of White Bridge Court. Police determined that a burglary had taken place and more than two dozen guns had been taken. Some of those guns had been found in the Tennessee vehicle.

Eventually, based on evidence gathered over the course of several days, police went to a residence on West Washington Street where they found a meth lab.

On Friday, February 12, officers made a traffic stop and arrested one of the suspects they had identified during the course of the investigation.

Besides Daniel Zerbe Jr. and Trae Lane, police also arrested David Watson, Jerri Watson, Justin Troop and Anthony West.

The following were a result of the investigation:

  • 6 search warrants served
  • 2 meth lab sites discovered
  • 24 of 29 stolen firearms recovered
  • Many other stolen items recovered
  • Several items of drug contraband seized

Other law enforcement agencies taking part in the investigation include the Indiana State Police, the Wells County Sheriff’s Department.

Mug shot photos
Mug shots (clockwise from top left) of Anthony West, Daniel Zerbe, David Watson, Jerri Watson, Justin Troop and Trae Lane provided by the Wells County Sheriff’s Dept.

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