Police officers, dog team track down theft suspects

North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP. - file
North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP.
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North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP got their men Thursday with help from a dog team after a foot chase.

Police received a report around 6:25 a.m. that two men were spotted taking items from vehicles in the Campbell Street area of Duncan.

Attending officers noticed two men matching the suspect descriptions. They fled on foot after noticing the officers, and a containment area was established to try and catch them, with a police dog team brought in for assistance.

One of the suspects, an 18-year-old man, was located at the corner of Beach Avenue and Wharncliffe Road a short time later and arrested without incident.

The dog team then arrived and began tracking the second suspect. A 19-year-old man was found hiding beneath a parked car on Oak Street.

As officers attempted to arrest the man, he allegedly kicked a police dog. The man sustained minor injuries as a result of his confrontation with the dog and was taken to Cowichan District Hospital before being released into police custody.

Both men were released from custody and will appear in court in May to face theft charges.

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