Rookie K-9s catch burglary suspects in Smith Township

SMITH TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WKBN) – Two rookie K-9 officers helped nab two burglary suspects in Smith Township Friday morning.

According to Police Chief John Siranovic, officers received a call of a burglary in progress in the 18000 block of Middletown Road just after 10 a.m. The caller said he saw two people running from a house and into a wooded area, according to a police report.

Smith Township officers began setting up a perimeter and were requesting a K-9 unit, but dispatchers said there was no K-9 unit in the area available. Siranovic happened to be in the area training with the department’s recently purchased K-9, Jury, Dover Police Department’s K-9 unit Officer Bill Nedrow and Rex, and master trainer Dave Blosser.

The rookie police dogs helped nab the two suspects, according to Siranovic.

Donnella A. Sheldon, 25, of Lisbon, and Cody W. Harmon, 26, of New Waterford, were arrested and charged with burglary, breaking and entering, criminal trespassing and obstruction.

Both suspects are at the Mahoning County Jail on a $16,000 bond and will be arraigned in Mahoning County Area Court in Sebring on Thursday.

The investigation is still ongoing as to what items were removed from the residence.

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