San Mateo's 'Hero': K9 Catches First Bad Guy on The Job

K9 "Hero" recently helped police bring in a burglary suspect, officials said this week.

Photo courtesy: San Mateo Police Department.
Photo courtesy: San Mateo Police Department.
A San Mateo police dog named "Hero" is being lauded as just that this week, after he apprehended his first suspect in a recent burglary case.

San Mateo police officers responded to a report of a burglary in progress in the 3600 block of Colegrove Street on Sunday— one of four in a succession of window-smash auto burglaries in the area, according to SMPD Sgt. Dave Norris.

The two suspects had fled by the time officers arrived, but a community member was able to give officers an idea of their location, Norris said.  A perimeter was then established and a search launched.

"Officer Martin and his K9 Partner 'Hero' aided the process by conducting yard searches for the hiding suspects," Norris said in a press statement.  "Hero located 20 year-old Oakland resident Wilton Robinson hiding in a yard on nearby Mulryan Court, and aided SMPD Officers in the apprehension of Robinson."

A witness then identified the man as one of the alleged burglars, but police could not find the second suspect, Norris said.

Investigators were able to recover all of the stolen property, which the suspects dropped while they were running away, Norris said.

Robinson was booked into San Mateo County Jail on suspicion of vehicle burglary and possession of stolen property, Norris said.

"SMPD thanks the public for providing us with critical and timely information leading to the arrest of this suspect and recovery of the property, and congratulates our K9 Hero on his first suspect apprehension – the first of many, we are sure!" Norris added.

— Bay City News Service contributed to this report.

Sal Anthony June 11, 2014 at 03:48 PM
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