By Joe Johnson
A police K-9 unit last weekend led officers on a track of more than a mile to catch a suspect who allegedly entered two vehicles, Athens-Clarke County police said.
Officers responded to an area on King Avenue at about 1 a.m. Saturday on a report of a vehicle having just been illegally entered, police said. A witness was able to provide a description of the suspect and point out the direction in which he left the area, according to police.
Among the officers who responded was Officer First Class Craig Turner and his canine partner, Bruno.
Turner and Bruno comprise one of ACCPD’s three K-9 units that are used to track criminal suspects, missing persons, and sniff out illegal drugs.
With Bruno leading the way, officers followed the suspect’s track that was over a mile long, eventually being led to a back yard on Crestview Circle, where they located the suspect rummaging through another vehicle, according to police.
The suspect, 24-year-old Jafari Milton Williams, was arrested and charged with two counts of entering an automobile with the intent to commit theft, loitering
and prowling, and simple battery on a law enforcement officer.