‘Cheeky chappy’ police dog catches suspected burglar in Hove

A ‘cheeky chappy’ police dog has helped catch a suspected burglar after a break-in at a Hove building site.

Tuesday, 20th April 2021, 6:00 pm

Officers from the Brighton Neighbourhood Response Team were assisted by PCSOs and the Tutor Unit as they responded to the incident in School Road about 10.27pm on April 8, said police.

A spokesman added: “The Dog Unit also attended and helped to contain the area, and two suspects were seen to run off, before climbing scaffolding to get over a 15ft fence which led to another part of the site.

“They managed to break cover, having climbed onto roofs of residential properties, and began to garden-hop. Police gave chase but the suspects were lost.”

PD Hox

PD Hox, a 20-month-old German Shepherd General Purpose Dog, was tasked to search for the suspects, which led to a teenager discovered hiding behind a nearby garden wall shortly afterwards, said police. The 15-year-old local boy was arrested on suspicion of burglary and released under investigation, pending further enquiries. Nothing has been reported stolen to date.

Hox’s handler, PC Gareth Evers, said: “Hox is a cheeky chappy who is very driven to work. He is very playful and friendly at home but switches into work mode, becoming very focussed, as soon as he sees me in uniform.

“Hox and I have been together since June 2020 and completed our initial course together in October 2020. Since becoming operational, PD Hox has tracked to car thieves, recovered stolen property, chased and detained burglars and devoured a few bones from the butchers!”