DAWSON CREEK, BC: On Friday June 30th, the Dawson Creek RCMP received a report of several persons attempting to enter a house and outbuildings of a property located in the Tomslake area…
The owner of the property updated that it appeared to be three persons in a white Jeep and they were removing items from the garage.
Dawson Creek RCMP officers attended the area and located a vehicle speeding away from the property. The driver attempted to evade officers as they were arriving.
Dawson Creek RCMP officers located the Jeep shortly after patrols in the area and it appeared the three occupants had abandoned the vehicle on the side of the road.
Police Service Dog ‘Dirks’ was requested to conduct a search for the occupants of the vehicle. After a short track ‘Dirks’ located a male and female hiding in the bush near the vehicle. The male and female complied with officer direction and were taken into custody without incident. ‘Dirks’ continued to conduct a search for the third occupant of the vehicle however after a period of time the search was concluded.
A couple of hours later the Dawson Creek RCMP were advised of a suspicious male sitting on the side of the road near the same area in Tomslake that matched the description for the earlier incident. Officers attended the location and located the male however upon officers’ arrival the male ran off into the bush.
Police Service Dog ‘Dirks’ was again requested to conduct a search for the male. The search for the male was conducted over a long distance and upon its conclusion the male was apprehended and taken into police custody.
All three suspects were arrested and have since been released on paperwork in relation to court dates.
The Dawson Creek RCMP credit the great effort of the Police Service Dog team with the successful apprehension of the suspects. Police Service Dog ‘Dirks’ and his handler Cst. CLOUTIER conducted a police dog search over approximately 10 km of rural terrain and over a time frame of approximately 9 hours.