A SUSPECTED burglar in Omagh failed to outrun the ‘paws’ and was literally hounded down and arrested.
The PSNI in Omagh say their four-legged assistant – named PD Sergi (pictured right) – was called into action on his second birthday on Thursday (May 2) night, when they received a report of a break-in at a property in the Camowen area.
A police spokesperson explained that the brave canine hunted down the suspect, not once, but twice.
“PD Sergi and his handler were on the scene immediately shortly followed by local response crews.
“They came across what turned out to be an ongoing burglary,” said the police spokesperson.
“The suspect attempted to make off on foot, but as you can imagine with Sergi on the case, he didn’t get too far.
“He was quickly apprehended by Sergi and then shortly after made a decision I’m sure he will regret for a while – as when Sergi was commanded by his handler to let go of the suspect – the male decided it would be a good idea to make a run for it again.
“His reward was a second helping of the Sergi treatment.”
Police later revealed that the suspect has been charged with two counts of burglary and is expected to appear before court.
“Great teamwork shown again between the public and local police crews to help keep us all safe in our houses at night.
“And a very happy birthday of course to Sergi,” the PSNI spokesperson added.