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Canine unit helps capture Sunnyside burglary suspect

This past Friday deputies from the Yakima County Sheriff's Office, using a canine from Benton County to track a suspect through brushy terrain, arrested one of three suspects in a burglary in the 1200 block of Northbank Lane near Sunnyside.

The call of a burglary in progress was received about 1 p.m. by the sheriff's office. Sunnyside police officers and Washington State Patrol troopers also responded to the call.

On arrival, it was learned that the home owner had arrived home to find three young male suspects loading televisions, stereos and other electronic equipment out of the house and into a car, according to Robert Udell of the sheriff's office.

"The three suspects fled into a field, leaving the car and the fruits of their crime behind," Udell reported. "The area was quickly contained by officers, but the brushy terrain made the location of the suspects problematic."

Benton County sent a deputy with a canine to assist in the search.

"A juvenile suspect immediately surrendered when he saw the canine unit. A thorough search of the area by the canine unit did not find the remaining two suspects," Udell noted.

"The incident showcased the level of cooperation between area agencies," he said. "Without the help of those agencies, especially the canine unit from the Benton County Sheriff's Office, the lone suspect captured might also have escaped."

He added that the neighbors of the home owner were also quick to help "providing the eyes and ears" necessary to help law enforcement make the capture.

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