With the assistance of a police service dog, Portage la Prairie RCMP were able to locate and arrest a 17-year-old Brandon male in connection to a break-in that occurred in the local municipality.

Portage la Prairie RCMP recently responded to a break-in at a rural residence located in the RM of Portage la Prairie. Officers noted that the homeowners, who have video surveillance, saw a suspicious person on their property attempting to steal an all terrain vehicle.

Officers immediately responded to the scene where a male suspect was located walking along Highway 16. When officers stopped, the man fled into an adjacent field and into a ravine area.

Police say that the area was contained and Police Dog Services was called in to assist. Police Service Dog (PSD) Jolt was able to track the suspect and subsequently located him approximately 100 meters from the road, hiding in several feet of long grass. The suspect resisted arrest, but was eventually taken into custody.

Officers noted that the suspect was seen carrying a bag when he fled, so PSD Jolt searched the field for any discarded articles and located a bag containing a laptop.

RCMP report that a 17-year-old male from Brandon was charged with resisting arrest and break and enter. He was also wanted on an outstanding warrant out of Brandon.