Man admits to burglaries in Rutland, pleads not guilty in court

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RUTLAND — Jason E. Ketcham, 29, a man police say recently confessed to numerous burglaries throughout the area, recently pled not guilty to charges of felony burglary, misdemeanor resisting arrest, and misdemeanor simple assault on a police officer.

Police caught up with Ketcham after an early morning alarm went off at Maple Leaf Gifts on Woodstock Avenue.

Police say the suspect was seen running with a cash register in his hands, but that he dropped the register when chased into the woods near the location.

While investigating, police say Ketcham’s truck was located in the area of Woodstock Avenue.

He tried to escape through a window when police showed up at his residence, but was taken into custody after police used pepper spray and the help of a police dog to subdue him.

According to court records, Ketcham confessed to the Maple Leaf Gift burglary, as well as several others, including Johnny Boy’s Restaurant and Ginger China.