Grand Forks police dog stops alleged burglar Tuesday nightA police dog at the back door was all the convincing a suspected burglar needed to give himself up Tuesday night, Grand Forks police reported.
By: Herald Staff Report, Grand Forks Herald
A police dog at the back door was all the convincing a suspected burglar needed to give himself up Tuesday night, Grand Forks police reported.
Shane Saxon, 21, was charged with criminal trespass this morning, according to court records. Two girls, not named because they’re minors, were with him, police said, and they, too were charged with criminal trespass.
Officers were dispatched just before 8 p.m. to 1622 Sixth Ave. N. where they met the homeowner. He told them he found the front door open when he arrived home. Inside, he saw objects that didn’t belong to him and heard voices of strangers.
Police surrounded the home and announced that a K-9 unit was on the scene. That was Reno, a Belgian Malinois and his handler Cpl. Andy stein.
The police department alleged that Saxon tried to run upstairs and out the back door. But when he saw Reno he surrendered and was taken to the county jail.
Reno is one of two police dogs owned by Grand Forks police. According to the department, he’s cross-trained in detecting drugs and in patrolling skills, such as “criminal apprehension.”
Saxon is scheduled to make an initial appearance in court on Sept. 11. If convicted, he faces a maximum prison sentence of five years.