Suspect in Ellington pickup truck theft arrested with help of K-9, state police say

A K9 named Drago led troopers to a suspect in the theft of a pickup truck from Ellington Tuesday, according to state police.

A K9 named Drago led troopers to a suspect in the theft of a pickup truck from Ellington Tuesday, according to state police.

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VERNON — A K-9 helped authorities recover a stolen pickup truck and arrest the person responsible Tuesday, according to state police.

The suspect was charged with larceny of a motor vehicle, driving under the influence (subsequent offense) and other motor vehicle offenses, the Connecticut State Police said in a Facebook post Wednesday morning. Their name, age and hometown were not disclosed.

The pickup truck was stolen in Ellington Tuesday, according to state police. Troopers with Troop C, of Tolland, responded to a West Road address to investigate the report, state police said. 

While troopers were investigating, a civilian called Vernon police to report that a suspicious truck had parked in the civilian’s apartment complex, according to state police. Responding troopers and Vernon police officers confirmed the suspicious truck was the one that had been reported stolen in Ellington, state police said. It was not occupied at the time it was recovered, state police said.

State police K-9 Drago was deployed to assist with the investigation, state police said. He led troopers through the apartment complex before stopping in front of an apartment, according to state police.

Troopers and Vernon officers discovered the suspect inside the residence, state police said. They were still in possession of the key to the stolen truck, state police added. 

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