Crime & the Law

Croydon police dog called Jacob helps catch ruthless burglars

Jacob the police dog who helped arrest two violent burglars in Croydon. Image: Met Police

Jacob the police dog who helped arrest two violent burglars in Croydon. Image: Met Police

Two men have each been sentenced to six years and three months for aggravated burglary after quick thinking officers and their police dog Jacob tracked them down within hours of the crime.

23 year old Shaun Bryan from Stockwell Park Road appeared along with 20 year old Gino Sawyers at Croydon Crown Court having pleaded guilty on 3rd of March.

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They both broke into the home of two women aged 25 and 33 in Northcote Road, Croydon on 17th December last year.

Armed with knives, they threatened their victims and stole mobile phones, a laptop and cash and then fled.

The officers activated a mobile phone tracking app and tracked Bryan and Sawyers to London Road, Croydon.

When the police approached they ran ‘discarding the evidence.’

A six-and-a-half year old German Shepherd police dog called Jacob chased and helped cornered the pair and they were both arrested.

Detective Constable John Davis, from Croydon CID, said:

This burglary was of a particularly violent nature, the males subjected the two females to a ruthless attack by threatening them with knives and violence in their own home.

Thanks to the quick thinking of local officers and their teamwork with a dog support unit, these two very dangerous individuals were located and arrested soon after the offence.

It is very satisfying that these criminals are off the streets and they will be serving lengthy custodial sentences for their actions.

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