RCMP dog team catches suspects

Two suspected car thieves thought they could dodge police by hiding in a wooded area south of the city Friday morning.

They didn't count on RCMP service dog Jak being on their case.

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He hounded the two culprits, who had reportedly stolen a 2003 Ford F-350 pickup truck from a residence on Piedmont Crescent at about 4:15 a.m. Friday, finding them both after tracking through about two kilometres of bush.

A 27-year-old male and 19-year-old woman, both from Prince George, were taken into custody. They had been traveling on Highway 97 between Prince George and Hixon when the RCMP spotted them. Before an attempt was made to stop the vehicle, it turned onto Carver Road, went through a ditch and got stuck in a field, prompting the suspects to flee on foot.

Three dog teams were called to the scene and Jak eventually earned the collar. The woman suffered minor bite wounds and was taken to hospital for treatment.

Police found a loaded shotgun, an improvised explosive device and other weapons near the male suspect. The bomb was later destroyed by B.C. RCMP's explosive disposal section.

Brent Jameson Morgan, 27, remained in custody as of Monday on charges of making or possessing explosives, possessing stolen property over $5,000 and three firearms-related counts.

The woman was released.

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