Police dog helps capture burglary suspect in Mesa

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MESA, Ariz. -- A police dog helped capture a suspect believed to be involved in at least two vehicle burglaries in Mesa.

Police officers responded to a vehicle burglary at an apartment complex near Alma School Road and Second Street just before 1:30 a.m. Monday. The suspects left before police arrived.

Sgt. Ed Wessing with the Mesa Police Department said an officer found the suspects parked a few blocks away unloading the stolen property. One suspect was taken into custody. The other fled on foot and over a wall into an apartment complex.

The suspect reportedly contacted a resident and asked for a cigarette and to use the phone. He then ran when he heard sirens.

K9 officers searched the complex with their dogs and located the suspect inside a fenced patio.

Wessing said the suspect did not respond to the officers' commands and a dog was released. The dog bit the suspect and officers took him into custody without further incident.

Two vehicle burglaries have been identified at this time and more may be discovered as the suspects had a large amount of property in their possession, according to Wessing.

Both suspects, whose names were not released, were booked for two counts of vehicle burglary. The suspect who fled was also charged with residential trespass.