The Hound has to give chops to Rex, the K-9 Kop with the Lake County Sheriff's Office. The German shepherd sniffed out one of the three mopes allegedly involved in a home invasion in Round Lake Beach the other day. Good, boy!
As a fellow traveler, The Hound hopes Rex's partner, Deputy Jim McKinney, rewarded the K-9 with the wonder smell. Perhaps he got an extra dose of kibble or hopefully a sirloin steak bone to chew. Yum!
Three suspects allegedly brandished a sawed-off shotgun, and surprised a woman, took her ATM card and locked her in a bathroom in the breakfast time break-in. The woman was unhurt. Also taken, allegedly, was a Chevrolet Blazer.
Rex and McKinney arrived on the scene after deputies and Round Lake Beach police tracked a 16-year-old suspect to an area around routes 12 and 120. The juvenile apparently left a piece of clothing inside the Blazer which, allegedly, was used as a getaway vehicle.
The K-9's super sense of smell got a scent of the teen and Rex discovered him inside a dumpster at a landscape company. The suspect was taken into custody and now resides at the Depke Center in Vernon Hills. Two alleged accomplices were taken into custody late Wednesday by Round Lake Beach police. They currently reside in the Lake County Jail in lieu of $500,000 bonds.
This is one case for the good guys and a good dog.