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K-9 tracks down burglary suspect just hours after being sworn in



Ranger

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PITTSBURGH – It was a good first day on the job for the Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office new K-9 unit, Ranger.

Just hours after he was sworn in, the K-9 led police to his first criminal suspect.

Ranger joined the Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office in February as a 10-week-old puppy.

The bloodhound recently completed eight months of specialized training, and his first day on the job started with a 9 a.m. installation ceremony on Wednesday.

Ranger received his badge and headed out to serve civil process with his handler, Deputy Sheriff Jeffrey Belback. Soon after, Belback received a call from county dispatch regarding a burglary-in-progress at a home on the 5300 block of Fieldcrest Drive in Whitehall Borough.

Ranger found the suspect hiding on a porch behind a stack of folding chairs. Belback took the suspect into custody, who was identified as a juvenile who was reported missing and who was wanted on an outstanding warrant for a probation violation.

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