Paw-some crime fighting duo help catch burglars

PC Matt Baker, with Todd

PC Matt Baker, with Todd

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Two burglars were no match for police dog Todd when he helped apprehend them after reports of a series of break-ins.

Three-year-old German shepherd Todd is one half of a new police duo patrolling the streets of north Northamptonshire.

Along with his handler PC Matt Baker, he’s regularly called upon to track and catch suspected criminals after they’ve made off.

An example of their work came recently after reports of burglaries in the Gleneagles area of Wellingborough.

Police were called to the scene and after officers searched the area, PC Baker and Todd were dispatched to trace the offenders.

Todd was taken to the scene of the crime in order to pick up on the offenders’ scent. He was then told to track them.

He quickly followed their scent to another garage which they’d broken in to, before their scent led Todd and PC Baker into Waterworks Lane.

PC Baker said: “I saw two figures in the garden. They saw me and tried to hide in the garden, but they were detained and arrested. They would not have been arrested without Todd.”

The two men were arrested on suspicion of burglary and bailed.

That is just one of the many incidents they’ve been called to attend in recent months.

PC Baker, who has been a police dog handler for 18 months, has had Todd since January.

He said: “As a handler, you have the dog full-time. No-one else handles him. All being well he will be with me until he retires. We are called to anything where someone has made off on foot – that’s where we come into our own. We are also used for burglaries in buildings. We will search the building to see if anyone is hiding inside.

“The dog can be deployed to bite in severe circumstances.”

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