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Police Dog Ivan finds theft suspect after 2 mile track @dontditchthedogs

October 28, 2014, 2:40 pm

A teenager suspected of breaking into sheds and garages on a Wolverhampton estate was tracked for two miles by a determined West Midlands Police dog…before being found hiding in a wheelie bin!

Police Dog Ivan and his handler Jonathan Wood were called to Millfields Road, Wednesfield, at 2.13am yesterday morning (Oct 27) on the hunt for youths whod stolen a scrambler bike from a garden in Goldthorn Park.

The pair were seen running towards Bilston but couldnt shake off the German shepherd super sniffer as the four-year-old followed the scent trail over a bridge, behind Morrisons supermarket and towards Loxdale School.

He eventually directed PC Wood to a garden in Greenway Road where a 15-year-old was hiding behind a gate and a 17-year-old found inside a rubbish bin; a Kawasaki motorbike was later recovered from nearby woodland.

The 15-year-old, from Bilson, and the older suspect, from Dudley, were questioned over the bike theft and on suspicion of trying to break into numerous sheds and garages with a screwdriver.

Both have been released on police bail pending further enquiries and will return to a police station in December.

West Midlands Police Dog Unit Manager, Inspector Russ Evans, said: “It was an extended track by PC Wood and Ivan that took them through gardens, alleyways and along the canal tow path before the youths were located.

“Its another great result and again emphasises the vital role police dogs play in protecting members of the public and their property.”

PD Ivan was born into West Midlands Polices acclaimed breed scheme – accredited by the Kennel Club and which recently celebrated its 700th puppy – before graduating through the forces in-house training programme.

On countless occasions hes proved himself more than a match for criminals, including in May 2012 when as a ‘rookie he helped pin down an armed burglar whod broken into Wolverhampton Business School.

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