Police dog finds theft suspect hiding in backyard

Sept. 21, 2010

Tosa's police dog tracked down a fleeing theft suspect in a residential neighborhood last week.

According to police:

A 53-year-old Milwaukee man took eight bottles of liquor - a total value of $264 - from Pick 'n Save, 1717 N. Mayfair Road, at 8:57 p.m. Friday.

He fled in a waiting vehicle and drove with the lights off to try to elude police. An officer spotted the vehicle and tried to pull it over. Just before the vehicle came to a stop, the passenger door opened and the man took off running.

Canine officer Addy was brought in to track the man's scent, and he was found hiding behind garbage cans in a backyard in the 8100 block of Jackson Park Boulevard.

The man had an extensive criminal history, including many retail thefts, dating back to 1975. The district attorney will review the case.

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