K-9 "Bandit" Tracks Burglar PDF Print E-mail

Maplewood – A burglary suspect was successfully tracked today by an Essex County Sheriff’s bloodhound and placed under arrest.

Sheriff Armando Fontoura stated that Detective George Ruiz and K-9 “Bandit” were dispatched to the scene of a home burglary on Hudson Avenue shortly after noon on Thursday at the request of Maplewood police.

Sheriff Fontoura said that “Bandit” picked up the scent of the suspect from a broken pane of glass from the residence’s rear door.

“Bandit” led the officers to Robert Tyson, age 23, of Millburn who was walking on Parker Avenue. Along the tracking route officers recovered several jewelry boxes that had been taken from the home.

Tyson who was found to be in possession of a bag of marijuana at the time of his arrest was charged with burglary, theft, criminal mischief and possession of a controlled dangerous substance.

Tyson’s bail was set at $25,000 by Municipal Court Judge Stanley Varon.

Detectives are investigating a rash of other area home burglaries to determine if Tyson might be connected to those.