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Officers and K9 Nab Burglars

May 08, 2015 01:10PM ● By Kevin

On a Sunday afternoon in April, Officer Zhivonni McDonnell captured this photo of Arlington Police Service Dog Finn in a bluebonnet patch. Photo courtesy of Arlington, Texas Police Department.

An Arlington police officer patrolling his neighbor-hood beat with the window down heard glass break. 

What happened next resulted in the apprehension of four burglary suspects. Detectives say these arrests may be linked to a string of similar burglary cases in other parts of the Metroplex. 

Officer Travis Kuhn was the first to arrive on scene at the closed pharmacy on Park Row Drive. Upon arrival, he called for backup. 

Three suspects dropped their items and ran. 

A fourth fled the scene in a sport utility vehicle. 

A description of the vehicle was broadcast far and wide, including the Dalworthington Gardens Police Department who located the vehicle and arrested the first suspect. 

Near the pharmacy, another officer located the second suspect hiding in a bush. He ran, but with the assistance of another patrol officer, was apprehended after a short foot pursuit. 

In order to capture the other suspects, officers quickly established their perimeter. 

Then, they called the K9 Unit. 

“We knew the suspects were hiding,” K9 Handler Bobby Muguerza said. 

Leading the way, Police Service Dog Finn performed a one-hour search through alleys and nearby buildings. 

He picked up a scent in a field before locating the two suspects, laying on the ground on top of evidence. 

Since joining APD in 2012, Finn continues to be one of the department’s hardest working K9. 

Information courtesy of On Call: Inside the Blue, April 2015, Volume 4, Issue 4: A community news publication of the Arlington, Texas Police Department.

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