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Euro sniffs out suspects looking to cash in on lax car security


If you asked most fleeing offenders what they feared most about police dog Euro then they would probably point to his 42 teeth. But last night it was his nose that was to prove the downfall of two men arrested on suspicion of vehicle crime.

Police dog EuroShortly after 1.20am (Monday 18 August) a resident from Dovedale Road in the Woodcross area of Wolverhampton dialled 999 after spotting two men acting suspiciously. The caller passed on the description of the duo who she believed were trying door handles to check for unsecure vehicles.

Euro and his handler, PC Marie Darby, were nearby and within five minutes had joined colleagues from Wolverhampton Police who flooded the area locking down roads. Within 20 minutes of the original call two men had been detained on a driveway.

But the black German shepherd’s work wasn’t over there. His powerful sense of smell was called upon as he followed a trail left nearby to a number of other cars parked in the area which had been broken into and property stolen.

The 24-year-old and 21-year-old men from Pennfields were arrested on suspicion of theft of a motor vehicle. They remain in police custody this afternoon.

Sergeant Matthew Cooper said: "On behalf of the arresting officers and Euro himself we’d like to thank the member of public whose commendable actions in reporting the suspicious activity immediately, along with a detailed description of the suspects, allowed a swift and concentrated approach.

"Having said that we’d much prefer to be celebrating the prevention of opportunist crime rather than the arrest of those we suspect may be responsible for it.

"Clearly Euro’s vocabulary is limited to a bark and snarl but I’m sure he’d join us in asking drivers to ensure they remove all valuables from display and make sure they have locked their vehicles. These simple measures can dramatically reduce crime and protect you from the cost and inconvenience it brings."

Vehicle crime across Wolverhampton is being driven down by city police. Between April 2013 and March 2014 officers investigated 1,647 reports. That’s down 3,467 offences from a high of 5,114 crimes in 2002/2003.

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