Local doctor interrupts robbery, holds thief for police
By Logan Watson
“What would you do if you were being robbed?”
It’s a thought that goes through the minds of many small business owners over the course of their careers, but fortunately, many never have to answer that question. Dr. Lewis Kizer, however, was faced with that exact situation last week.
On Saturday, August 27, Dr. Kizer stopped by his office on South First Street to drop off some cleaning supplies when he noticed some items out of place on his counters. Dr. Kizer proceeded to the back room of his office, where he found Stephen Farrow, 35, with approximately six bags of various items from his business.
Dr. Kizer immediately called the police and stood in the doorway, blocking Farrow from leaving the room until the police arrived.
Farrow initially told Officer White of the Milan Police Department that he was in Kizer’s office because he had nowhere to sleep that night, but a search of Farrow’s personal effects uncovered a gray tube containing less than 0.5 grams of methamphetamine, less than 0.5 grams of marijuana and two Oxycodone tablets. Farrow told Officer White that he did not smoke marijuana and that he found the container of met on the ground before going inside Dr. Kizer’s office.
A further search of Farrow’s possessions revealed three different driver’s licenses and a debit card that did not belong to him. The bags found by Dr. Kizer contained more than $2,000 worth of needles, medicine, glasses and tools that Farrow had reportedly planned to steal.
Farrow was charged with Burglary, Theft between $1,000 and $10,000, Possession of a Schedule VI controlled substance (marijuana), two counts of Possession of a Schedule II controlled substance (methamphetamine and Ozycodone) and Identity Theft. Farrow was also informed that if he were ever to go back to Dr. Kizer’s business, he would be arrested for Criminal Trespassing.