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K-9 helps police nab suspected thief

Police said a K-9 officer helped take a suspected thief into custody after he returned to the scene of the alleged crime, against judge's orders. 

The Madison Police Department said a Princeton Club employee reported seeing 17-year-old Levontre D. Scott on Madison's west side Monday. Earlier this year, the Middleton teen was arrested after he was suspected of shopping at West Towne Mall using credit cards stolen from Princeton Club members' wallets. Police said it was a condition of Scott's bail that he not be on the health club's property.

As officers arrived at the club on Watts Road at 11 a.m., a car with the suspect as a passenger was leaving the health club lot. Police pulled the driver over a couple blocks away and Scott bailed out, running into the woods near Timberlake Trail.

Multiple officers responded to set up a dragnet, according to the report.

Police spokesman Joel DeSpain said Officer Jim Donnell yelled into the woods, advising anyone within if they did not speak up or surrender that the dog would be coming in. Donnell's K-9 Krahnie started barking and "that was enough to flush the suspect," DeSpain said.

A sergeant saw Scott on the run again, out of the woods and into tall grass near the West Beltline Highway.

Police said Krahnie was indicating someone was near a small cement culvert, a small pipe that officers didn't think anyone could fit inside the culvert.

"(Donnell) began giving loud verbal warnings telling the teen it was time to give it up," DeSpain said. "Moments later feet could be seen poking out from the culvert."

Scott was arrested on suspicion of felony bail jumping, resisting or obstructing and disorderly conduct.

Krahnie was named to honor Madison police Sgt. Karen Krahn who died last year of cancer.

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