Employees from the loss prevention staff at the local Walmart observed suspicious activity Tuesday morning and reported it to the Rushville Police Department. A short time later, two of the law agencies newest officers Alan Wombolt and Donald Cochran encountered James Ryan Fultz, 28, of New Castle as he exited the retail outlet.
Fultz was arrested initially on a charge of theft. A bond of $10,000 was set. The New Castle man’s legal woes were just beginning.
After taken Fultz into custody, officers Wombolt and Cochran requested permission to search Fultz’s vehicle. After initially consenting to the search, Fultz then refused. The officers’ suspicions were elevated when Rush County deputy Josh Brinson and his K9 partner Dax were dispatched to the Walmart parking lot to do an external sweep Fultz’s car. A positive “hit” was indicated by the K9, signaling the possibility of drugs in the vehicle.
At that time, officers obtained a search warrant and the vehicle was towed to the RPD garage where a thorough search was conducted.
Prior to searching the vehicle, Fultz was booked into the Rush County Jail, posted bond and was released from jail to await his court appearance on the initial theft charge. He requested permission to retrieve personal items from the vehicle. Officers informed the New Castle man that could not happen until the vehicle search was completed.
During the search, offices found an unregistered hand gun and illegal drugs in the vehicle. Discoveries that resulted in Fultz re-arrested shortly before 2 p.m. on additional charges -possession of a controlled substance and possession of a handgun without a permit. A second $10,000 was set.
It was learned Wednesday that Fultz again posted bond on the additional charges and was released from jail until his day in court.
“We don’t often find weapons here in Rush County,” chief of police Craig Tucker said.
Contact: Frank Denzler @ 765.932.2222 x106.