A K-9 that just joined the ranks of the Bossier Sheriff’s Office has already helped solve a string of vehicle burglaries.
Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington said K-9, Arco, and his handler, Deputy Chris Isom, were called into action after just returning home from a week of training in Kaplan, Louisiana. Arco, a 2 ½ year old Belgian Malinois, spent last week at U.S. K-9 Unlimited, a training facility in south Louisiana for law enforcement dogs. During the course of the week, Arco was trained to perform various tasks, such as narcotic recognition, tracking, bite work, and obedience.
The day after returning from training, Arco was called into action. Deputy Isom was dispatched to a neighborhood in north Bossier Parish late Friday night after a resident in the Cypress Bend Subdivision called the Bossier Sheriff’s Office to report a vehicle burglary. It didn’t take long before Arco was on the trail. Deputy Isom showed Arco a footprint, and the hunt was on from there. Arco tracked some 400 yards, from the Cypress Bend neighborhood to the Haymeadow Trailer Park, to a residence in the 5200 block of Timothy Trail.
The quick action of Arco and his handler aided detectives in solving seven vehicle burglaries. Bossier Sheriff’s detectives obtained a search warrant for a mobile home near to where Arco led them. The Bossier Sheriff’s detectives recovered a stolen handgun and rifle, several boxes of ammunition, two laptop computers, debit cards, several purses and wallets containing personal information, headphones, cash, marijuana, and a scale.
As a result of this investigation, Bossier Sheriff’s detectives arrested two male juveniles, a 16-year-old and a 13-year-old, and charged them with illegal possession of a stolen firearm, possession of a firearm with a controlled dangerous substance and possession of marijuana. They will also face seven charges each of vehicle burglary, and other charges are pending. Mark David Jennings, 44, and Christian Jennings, 18, of the 5200 block of Timothy Trail, Bossier City, were arrested by summons for one count each of possession of marijuana. Emma Benefield Jennings, 76, of the 5200 block of Timothy Trail, Bossier City, was arrested for letting a disorderly place (knowingly allowing stolen goods to be stored there), and booked into the Bossier Maximum Security Facility with bond set at $5,000.
“This was a team effort from patrol, to Deputy Isom and our new K-9, Arco, and detectives,” said Sheriff Whittington. “We here at the Bossier Sheriff’s Office are dedicated to keeping crime low and our entire Criminal Division works tirelessly to solve cases and keep the bad guys off the streets.”
Detectives with the Bossier Sheriff’s Office also want to remind residents to lock their car doors and remove valuables from their vehicles or at least from the sight of would-be car burglars. Also, if you are home it is a good idea to keep your garage doors down. Remember, if you see something or someone suspicious, call the Bossier Sheriff’s Office right away at (318) 965-2203.