Dog squad sniff out pub pair

IT TOOK police dog, Ben, and his master, Senior Constable Peter Banks, only half-an-hour to sniff out the two young men who smashed their way into a Rockhampton hotel to steal $1143 worth of alcohol and cigarettes yesterday.

Rockhampton Police first received the call out at 1.09am and the suspects were gone when offi- cers arrived.

The dog squad was called in to catch the crooks who broke into the Victoria Tavern, and to some extent that move was a long shot.

"There are so many variables,'' Senior Consta- ble Banks said yesterday.

"They could have got into a car or on a bike.''

Instead the two, who wrapped a rock up in their jumper and threw it through the tavern's glass door, had only gone 450 to 500 metres from the scene of the crime.

"They thought they'd be safe in the dark,'' he said.

While Senior Constable Banks and Ben fol- lowed a fresh smell across the road to the railway tracks behind the PCYC centre, another officer watched security camera footage of the offenders doing their thing in the tavern.

The two men were located and charged with entering a premises with intent, willful damage and stealing.



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