Dog sniffs out burglary suspect

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GALLOWAY – A K-9 tracking team sniffed out a burglary suspect here early the morning of Thursday, Dec. 20, according to police.

Ricardo Rodriguez, 26, was charged in the incident after Galloway police tracked him down in the Highlands section of the township.

According to reports, police received a 911 call reporting a burglary in progress at approximately 04:30 a.m. on the 700 Block of Wood Lane.   

The occupant of a house said someone was trying to gain entry to his residence. The person fled prior to police arrival but was observed by neighbors on Gail Lane running from the area.

The victim and witnesses described the person as approximately 6 feet tall and wearing a dark hooded jacket and cargo pants.

Reporting to the scene, Galloway K-9 Officer Scott Winneberger and his K-9 partner Lycos started tracking the perpetrator. The track led from the victim’s residence through the neighborhood to the 700 Block of Cheltenham Avenue, where officers found a man meeting the suspect’s description out of breath and sweating profusely.

Rodriguez was taken into custody. Initially charged on traffic warrants from Egg Harbor Township, he was subsequently charged with burglary/theft by Galloway police.   

Bail was set by Municipal Court Judge Howard Freed at $50,000 full cash, and Rodriguez was taken to the Gerard L. Gormley Justice Facility in Mays Landing.

A Samsung 50-inch TV and an Xbox video game were reported taken from an enclosed porch at the residence. Both were later found outside near the house.

Anyone with information about the incident or related incidents is asked to call Ptl. Steve Vernon or Detective Ryan Goehringer at (609) 652-3705, ext. 320.

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