A Ceres Police canine and his handler are being credited with the apprehension of a man believed to be involved in an interrupted residential burglary on Tuesday evening, August 4.
An off-duty police officer was checking on his parent's vacant property when he found the lock cut to a two-story garage with apartment in the back. He thought he heard a noise so officers were called. Ceres officers arrived and Officer Gutierrez used his police canine Duke to search the second floor of the garage. The dog alerted to a bathroom in the apartment. Verbal orders were given and suspect Brent McCoy, 37, came out of hiding.
McCoy had been carrying several knives, a PR24, a couple of air soft guns and ballistic vest panels that were in the process of being stolen.
He was charged with burglary, petty theft, receiving stolen property, warrants, and possession of methamphetamine.