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Dog sniffs out cat burglar in bushes

A 44-year-old South Kitsap man was arrested for burglary Monday after a tracking dog found him hiding in the bushes near a ransacked house, the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office reported.

According to the report, the incident began around 3 p.m. Nov. 23 when a real estate agent saw an intruder running out of a home on Glenwood Road and called 911.

When deputies arrived at the residence, they noted that the front door had been pried open and there was an open bedroom window with two pillow cases full of items below it.

When a deputy arrived with a K-9 officer, the dog began to track the suspect, locating a credit card, a large screwdriver and a jacket on its route into the woods. The dog signaled on some bushes, where the deputy noticed some shoes peeking through and ordered the suspect to come out.

While searching the suspect, the deputy reportedly located a small plastic baggie containing a substance the deputy believed to be heroin in the man’s pants’ pocket. The suspect was placed in a patrol car and declined to speak to deputies.

He was then booked into Kitsap County Jail for second-degree burglary and possession of a controlled substance. His bail was set at $35,000.

The owners of the house were called and shown the items retrieved from the pillow cases, which were jewelry boxes, cell phones, prescription drug bottles and other miscellaneous property. The residents identified the items as theirs.

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