'Law enforcement at its best'

Photo by Ted YoakumLa Porte Police Chief Thomas Owens, right, presents detective Matt Drangmeister with one of the department's commendations during a ceremony Wednesday morning inside the station. The department recognized Drangmeister, a 12-year veteran, for helping to bring the man suspected of robbing the La Porte CVS earlier this year into custody.

La PORTE — As one of the station's detectives recently showed, officers with the La Porte Police Department are on duty even when they're off the clock.

On Wednesday, Chief Thomas Owens recognized 12-year LPPD veteran Matt Drangmeister for recently helping to apprehend the suspect in May's armed robbery of the La Porte CVS pharmacy. Last month, the detective identified the suspect's vehicle while off duty — in another city, to boot — which led to the driver's arrest.

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