Police dog helps catch thief who stripped lead from Blaise Castle building
By matt_2009 | Friday, October 26, 2012, 13:14
A 20-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of theft after he was reported stripping lead from the roof of one of the buildings at Blaise Castle on Wednesday (October 24).
Police dog helps catch thief who stripped lead from Blaise Castle building.
Just after 2am police, armed with Troy, a 4 year-old German Shepherd, were called to the castle on Kings Weston Road – after a report of someone attempting to steal the metal.
Upon arrival the thief, disturbed by security guards, had run off. Putting Troy to work, he quickly got a scent and police were soon hot on the heels of the suspected thief, tracking him to a car in Woodgrove Road.
The occupants showed signs of having recently been running and had wet muddy shoes and thanks to PD Troy, were linked to the original scene.
Local officers arrested the 20-year-old man on suspicion of theft. He has been bailed pending further forensic investigation.
PC Hampson, a dog handler for the Force's Tactical Crime Unit, said:
"Troy is trained to track offenders who may have fled the scene of a crime, sniffing them out even if they are hiding, be that in a building or outdoors.
"In this case the suspect had obviously left the scene but left his scent behind and unfortunately for him, that's all Troy needed."