A canine officer helped capture a suspected thief at a Lowe’s store in Chico, Calif., according to an article in the Chico Enterprise-Record.
A Chico police officer patrolling the area at 10:30 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 6, noticed a damaged chain-link fence in the store’s garden center. Merchandise was stacked nearby.
Two previous shoplifting incidents had been reported at Lowe’s and Home Depot, on Dec. 29 and Dec. 30, respectively.
The Chico officer, Regan Ortega, called for back-up, according to the news report. Several officers responded, including a K-9 unit. One of the suspects, 40-year-old Russell Castor, surrendered. But his brother, Brian Castor, 34, did not. The canine officer, named Luna, was sent in, and the second suspect was apprehended after he was bitten by the dog.