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Police credit 10-year-old, K-9 for capturing burglary suspect
TROY -- A rookie police
K-9 was lauded Friday for his efforts in tracking and apprehending a burglary
Police say a 10-year-old boy was home alone around 8:40 a.m. when he heard a noise at the backdoor. He then saw a man with a hammer allegedly grabbing property to steal and called 911 as the man fled.
The child very properly, very calmly called 911. He was a real pro, he gave us a great description, said Capt. John Cooney with the Troy Police Department. They [Officers] hear 10-year-old with an intruder in the house the response is swift, it's immediate it's without hesitation.
Ofc. Craig Faby told dispatch he found a faint footprint near the home and put his K-9 partner Obie on the scent. Obie led officers to a nearby home where officers said the backdoor was broken in.
Police then entered the
home and said they found Shannon Lee Bruce, 44, hiding in a closet.
Within minutes what's likely a very dangerous person was found hiding under a bunch of clothes in a closet, said Cooney.
Police said Bruce struggled with officers as he tried to take him into custody. They credited Obie for stepping in and helping with the arrest.
I hope his handlers are getting him a prime cut of steak tonight, said Cooney. We see the level of satisfaction the dogs get when they do work like this.
Bruce was taken to the Rensselaer County Jail on several burglary related charges. Police say he also had an active parole warrant.