A suspected car thief is set to appear in court after being detained by a police dog in Newcastle.
At around 0300 hours on Tuesday morning, Northumbria Police received a call from an observant member of the public who spotted a male breaking into cars in Kenton.
Patrol units were sent to the area, but the suspect had made off on foot before their arrival.
One of the units which responded to the call was dog handler PC Paul Atkinson and his police dog ‘Obi’. They arrived in the area where the male was last spotted and immediately sprung into action.
PD ‘Obi’ quickly picked up the scent of the male and led PC Atkinson to his hiding place where he was subsequently arrested.
The five-year-old German Shepherd kept watch over the male as PC Atkinson took him into custody. He was arrested on suspicion of theft from a motor vehicle.
PC Atkinson later praised his four-legged-companion for his role in the arrest and also thanked the vigilant member of the public for alerting the police to the male.
Police Dog ‘Obi’ – Pic credit: Northumbria Police
PC Atkinson said:
“This was a great example of the public and the police working together to keep our community safe.
“They have seen something that didn’t look right and so have picked up the phone to tell us about it.
“That has enabled us to get to the scene quickly, and from there, it was over to Obi to track down a potential suspect.
“He has followed his nose straight to someone who matched the description given to us by the witness, and we could then make an arrest.
“Obi is a fantastic police dog who has been by my side for a while now and he absolutely loves what he does.
“I made sure he got a nice treat at the end of a long night-shift but all he really cares about is his tennis ball!”
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