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Burglary suspect rescued by police after getting stuck in crawl space

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - Two people were arrested in Orange County, Indiana on Saturday, after police say they were caught trying to burglarize a rural Paoli home.
 
Officials from the Orange County Sheriff's Department arrested Mark Lee VanDyke, 47, and Angel Sue Smith, 35, after police say both were caught committing a burglary in the 6200 block of South County Road 250 East

According to Sgt. Philip Hensley with Indiana State Police, a sheriff's deputy was patrolling the area when he noticed a burglary in progress. Smith surrendered to the deputy and was arrested, while VanDyke ran to the back of the house and entered the crawl space.

"They tried negotiating with VanDyke using the car P.A. system, but after about an hour they decided to send the K-9, Diesel, in," said Hensley.

 The dog found VanDyke inside an air conditioning duct and bit him.

At that point, police said VanDyke agreed to come out from the crawlspace, but indicated that he was stuck inside. Officers said they had to remove about 30 feet of the duct from the crawlspace in order to free VanDyke.

"They removed the air ducts from the crawl space with VanDyke in it. Once they got it out, they cut him out and removed him," said Hensley.

Once he was free, police said VanDyke was in a near hypothermic state, due to cold and wet conditions uner the house. They also said he was extremely exhausted, as he nearly suffocated inside the duct.

VanDyke was taken to a hospital for treatment. He was then taken to jail, after being medically cleared.

VanDyke and Smith were both lodged at the Orange County Jail on charges of theft, residential entry and criminal mischief. VanDyke was also charged with resisting law enforcement.

Police believe this was not the first time the pair had stolen things from the house. They told police they traveled from Lawrence County to burglarize the home after seeing it on the news.

The homeowner, 48-year-old Jeffrey Fulton was arrested October 2 and charged with murder, after investigators found human remains in his backyard. Police say the remains are those of Fulton's wife, 34-year-old Michelle Fulton.

Fulton pleaded not guilty to murdering his wife. He is being held at the Orange County Jail.

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