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Published August 07, 2013, 09:12 AM

Grand Forks police officers, dog arrest alleged burglar

Shane Saxon, 21, has been charged with burglary while two juveniles with him were charged with criminal trespass, police said.

By: Herald Staff Reports, Grand Forks Herald

A police dog at the back door was all the convincing a suspected burglar needed to give himself up Tuesday night, according to a Grand Forks police report.

Shane Saxon, 21, has been charged with burglary while two juveniles with him were charged with criminal trespass, police said.

Officers were dispatched just before 8 p.m. to 1622 Sixth Ave. N. where they met the homeowner. He told them he found the front door open when he arrived home. Inside, he saw objects that didn't belong to him and heard voices of strangers.

Police surrounded the home and announced that a K-9 unit was on the scene. That was Reno, a Belgian Malinois and his handler Cpl. Andy Stein.

The police department alleged that Saxon tried to run upstairs and out the back door. But when he saw Reno he surrendered and was taken to the county jail.

Reno is one of two police dogs owned by Grand Forks police. According to the department, he's cross-trained in detecting drugs and in patrolling skills, such as "criminal apprehension."

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