JOHNSON COUNTY (December 28, 2015) - Investigators are searching for the suspects who committed several burglaries in order to steal a powerful anesthetic that is meant to be used on animals.
The most recent break-in was discovered the morning after Christmas at Midwest Equine and Veterinary Hospital in Trafalgar. The owner told Johnson County investigators he arrived at the hospital to find a broken window. The burglar left cash and other valuables behind, apparently going straight to the medicine cabinet to steal Ketamine.
“We certainly don’t think this individual broke into this animal clinic so that he or she could treat animals at home,” said Johnson County Sheriff Doug Cox. “We believe that this Ketamine is being used for an illegal purpose.”
Ketamine is widely used as an anesthetic for animals. But it can also be cooked, crystalized, ground into a powder and used or sold as a powerful party drug. The drug produces a hallucinogenic high and has several street names like Special K, Vitamin K and others. It has been listed as a controlled substance since 1999. The drug has often been linked to sexual assault, as a type of “date rape” drug.
“Obviously if this narcotic or this drug is meant for a horse, it’s probably not meant to be ingested into the human body,” Cox said. “Not only are we responsible for finding those who are responsible for this crime, but I think it’s our job to protect the public from drugs like these being out on the streets.”
The Christmas Day burglary came almost exactly one month after a similar break-in at the Midwest Equine and Veterinary Clinic. Investigators also learned that a nearly identical burglary occurred December 11 at the Horse & Hound Equine Veterinary Clinic in Mooresville. Sheriff Cox said the burglaries could all be the work of the same person or group.
A Johnson County Deputy attempted to lift a fingerprint left on a record keeping book that was left inside the medicine cabinet at Midwest Equine and Veterinary Clinic, but was unable to lift the print.
The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information should contact the Johnson County Sheriffs Department.