Doncaster police dog sniffs out car theft suspects

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A Doncaster police dog has helped to play a crucial part in the arrest of two men in connection with the theft of a vehicle.

An Audi A4 was reported as stolen in the early hours of Friday, February 13 from a property on Lambeth Road, Balby.

The car was found abandoned around an hour later on Swallow Court, Rossington.

PC Brian Grange and police dog Digby, a German Shepherd, were called in to try and track the suspected offenders.

Within 20 minutes, Digby had tracked a scent over half a mile away from the abandoned car on Swallow Court, to a flat on Wilkinson Avenue, New Rossington.

Entry was gained to the property and two men were found inside and arrested; a 23-year-old on suspicion of burglary, aggravated TWOC (taking a vehicle without consent) and breach of bail, and a 24-year-old on suspicion of burglary, aggravated TWOC and on a recall to prison.

Both men have been bailed pending further police enquiries.

Sergeant Jon Hardwick said: “This is an excellent example of how vital the work of police dogs and their handlers can be and Digby, and his handler PC Grange, did a great job with their involvement in this incident.”