Shreveport police K-9 catches suspected burglars

Friday, January 21, 2011 - 10:15am

Luck ran out for two suspected burglars Thursday morning as Shreveport Police K-9, Jasko, led officers to the two men in the 3100 block of Woodford Street.

Officers called on the K-9 to assist with the search of residences and yards in the area.  After about a ten minute search, Jasko alerted officers to something he sensed beneath a nearby home.  In that home, a woman and her child were inside, while two suspected burglars were hiding underneath.

Sgt. J.D. Sdalnaker, Shreveport Police Department, told us that the police K-9 bit one of the suspects as they tried to escape from the other side of the house.  The suspects put up a brief struggle and resistance, but were taken into custody as they exited from underneath the home where officers awaited to arrest them.

Officers arrested LaTroy Johnson, 26, who is nursing a minor dog bite.  Jeveara Johnson, 19, was also taken into custody.  Each was charged with one count of simple burglary.

Sgt. Sdalnaker told us that Jasko and other police K-9's make searches, like this one, easier for officers.  "The K-9 tracked two of them right underneath the house that we had been previously walking around."

A 15-year-old girl, who appeared to know the suspects, was also taken into custody for interfering with the investigation at the scene.  Sgt. Sdalnaker said that officers asked her numerous times to leave, so they could conduct the investigation.  She refused.

A house just down the street from where the suspects were caught was where the original burglary took place.  A man who lives at the residence told police that he came home to find a side door open and two men running from the area.

Authorities say that this West Shreveport neighborhood constantly sees home burglaries, so they continue to concentrate on patrolling in the area.  And thanks to Shreveport Police K-9, Jasko, two more burglars are off the streets today.


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