Freetown man arrested in burglary at garage

Police used a stun gun to subdue a man in connection with a burglary case.

Ronald Dean Zike, 45, of Freetown, was arrested Thursday on charges of burglary, criminal trespass and resisting police. Burglary is a Level 5 felony.

The incident began around 10:20 p.m. Thursday when police responded to a burglar alarm at a garage in the 7000 block of North County Road 675W west of Freetown. A variety of items, including fishing equipment, fire extinguishers and four-wheeler parts, were taken from the garage, according to a news release from the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department.

No one was home at the time, police said.

Officer Dustin Steward and reserve Officer Brad Barker responded to the alarm and reported finding a window had been removed from the garage and a door was partly open. They also reported finding items stacked by the garage door.

Officers checked a nearby wooded area and found a man lying on the ground. He was wearing a camouflage mask and carrying a pry bar, police said.

Police said they ordered the man to stay on the ground, but he got up and ran. Barker chased the man and used a stun gun to stop him.

Zike was booked into the Jackson County Jail in Brownstown and was being held without bond pending his initial hearing.

County Officer Adam Nicholson and Brownstown Police Sgt. John Long assisted with Zike’s arrest and in the investigation, which is ongoing, police said.