Petersburg K-9 credited with catching home burglary suspect

The Tri-Cities

PETERSBURG, Va. (WRIC) — A Petersburg K-9 is being credited with helping catch a burglary suspect Tuesday afternoon.

Petersburg Police said in a release on their Facebook page Wednesday that officers were called to a home on St. Mark Street for a burglary in progress. Once officers arrived on the scene, two suspects fled the home and led police on a foot pursuit throughout the neighborhood. 

That’s when Officer John Stamper and his K-9 partner “Loki” were called to help catch the suspects. Before the K-9 unit arrived, one the suspects was taken into custody, but the other suspect remained on the loose. 

When officers later saw the second suspect, they deployed the K-9. 

“Loki, as trained, responded to his handler’s commands and stopped inches away as he reached the offender, adverting a bite and allowing the offender to be taken into custody without injury, as he now became compliant with officers commands,” the release said. 

Police say through the proper and successful use of Loki, neither the officers nor the suspect was injured. 

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